Elderly Lives


A total of 534 patients were discharged from hospitals and moved to nursing home facilities between March 1 and May 6


It was revealed that more than 500 patients were transferred from hospitals to nursing homes at the height of the pandemic.

Ireland has had the second highest death rate in care settings in the world with 1,030 victims.

Via Irish Mirror:

A total of 534 patients were discharged from hospitals and moved to the facilities between March 1 and May 6.

The HSE figures relate to people transferred under its Nursing Homes Support Scheme or Fair Deal Scheme.

The largest number – 54 people – were discharged from St James’s Hospital in Dublin.

Meanwhile, 45 patients – the second highest tally sent to care settings – came from Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda, Co Louth.

It is less than 40km from Dealgan House where 23 residents died between
April 1 and May 7…….

Over 500 patients transferred from hospitals to nursing homes during height of pandemic (Trevor Quinn, Irish Mirror)

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11 thoughts on “Elderly Lives

  1. Dr.Fart

    it’s either an incredibly dumb move, where they just didn’t think that this could be dangerous for old people in those homes .. or .. they knew, but couldn’t figure out another option, so did it and hoped for the best on the “sure it’ll be grand” system.

    either way, horrific, and equally horrifying how little anyone seems to care about this.

    1. Bodger

      Dr Fart, didn’t they open up a large ward in Citywest and take over the private hospitals for this eventuality?

      1. Dr.Fart

        they made a deal with the private hospitals almost immedietely. it was part of the playbook. there was space in those private hospitals for the people they moved to care homes. it was an egrigeous error

        1. Bodger

          How could the exact same error be made in different places (New York, Spain, etc)?

          1. Dr.Fart

            well, i dont know so much about the other countries but i’m sure there’s similarities to how we are governed. the elderly are the first demographic to be risked in cases of a decision like this. as rare as it is. in our case, what i see is deep negligence, or purposeful sacrifice. thats what i wanted to know in my original post. our health service is deeply flawed, and the buerocracy of decision making in it has proven detrimental to many before all this. personally i think it was a quick and ill-thought out decision here, without considering resources or utilising them properly, usually a flaw in ‘ticking boxes’ protocol. things can be available, but buerocracy slows implementation. in other countries, im not sure, could be similar as theyre all governed and structured similarily. i dont know enough about them.

  2. Cian

    ” height of the pandemic”? This starts counting people on 1st March. The first case was identified in Ireland only the day before the counting started.

    The hospitals were being cleared of people so that they could concentrate on COVID. Would it have been better if the HSE kept the 534 elderly patients in a COVID iNFecTEd HosPiTaLS???

    1. Johnnythree

      But would they not have been better if they were kept in hospital and not moved to care homes unless demand was absolutely necessary. In the end they did not need the beds. We had all the private hospitals that were empty/ less full. Could they not have set up dedicated wards there?
      I imagine the infection control/ opportunities to control an outbreak would have been better in a hospital?

      1. Cian

        I don’t know the numbers. It is a detail-light article.
        If these elderly folk were in hospital for all of March and we *then* moved to care homes – then yes it is a bloody disgrace and heads should roll.
        But we don’t know.
        – it is possible that these 500+ were in hospitals and were moved early in March – before the “height of the pandemic”
        – it is possible that these 500+ were in care homes, needed hospital care so were admitted to hospital, treated and discharged back to their homes.

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