Dublin’s Mater Hospital
Via RTÉ News:
Dr Colman O’Loughlin, a consultant in the Mater, speaking on RTÉ’s Today with Claire Byrne, said too many acute hospitals beds are taken up with Covid-19 patients, adding that it is next to impossible to try and run a normal health system alongside this.
He said this has resulted in curtailed surgical activity and significant cutbacks in elective surgery.
As of 8am, there were 617 people in hospitals around the country with the virus, up 35 on the same time yesterday.
Of these, 106 people were in intensive care units with Covid-19.
Dr O’Loughlin said said there is an almost equal number of unvaccinated people and vaccinated vulnerable people in ICU.
Dublin’s Mater Hospital moves to ICU surge capacity (RTÉ)
Department of Health, Baggott, Street, Dublin 2.
Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan at the weekly Department of Health Covid -19 briefing…
…said NPHET had a ‘substantial concern” about the number of ICU beds being taken up by Covid-19 patients because he said the knock-on effect is that those beds would normally by ordinary people who cannot get access to surgeries or interventions
Dr Holohan warned fully-vaccinated people that there are still risks involved with getting Covid-19 “even if those risks are substantially reduced”.
“Just because everything is open doesn’t mean we all have to do them or that we all have to do them at the same time,” he said.
The Chief Medical Officer said it would “be sensible” for people who were in nightclubs at the weekend to stay away from vulnerable people in the following days.
Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn [above] said the trajectory for Covid-19 infection in Ireland in the coming days and weeks is not good..
He said that although 42% of cases in ICU were fully vaccinated people, the key point is that 58% of people in ICU are not vaccinated.
NPHET concerned by growing Covid rates as 101 in ICU (RTÉ)
Ireland currently has one of the lowest number of people in hospital or intensive care being treated for Covid-19, for every million of the population, according to an updated review of 19 countries by the Health Information & Quality Authority. The situation in Ireland was only surpassed by Czechia, Denmark, Israel and Norway.
HIQA study shows Ireland has low Covid hospital numbers (RTÉ)
589 new Covid-19 cases in Ireland as Stephen Donnelly says hospital system “close to full capacity in recent weeks” (Joe)