Out Patient Non-Attendances - What Can We Do About This Major Problem?

Jun 22, 2016 - Author: Tony McNamara, CEO, Cork University Hospital Group

Have you ever considered the opportunity cost of patients who do not attend (DNA) at Out Patient Departments (OPD) in our hospitals and the resultant implications for our hospital services? Probably not and neither do commentators who regularly comment on waiting lists and related matters.

Adding Value to Patient Care in Cork University Hospital

May 23, 2016 - Author: Tony McNamara, CEO, Cork University Hospital Group

Challenges, coupled with HiQA observations on hygiene, a Ministerial commitment to focusing on standards of nutrition and the desire of hospital staff to maximise the quality of service to patients and staff, provided a powerful motivation for the leadership in Cork University Hospital to implement a challenging change programme in respect of (i) Care Assistant, (ii) Cleaning and (iii) Catering staff that began in 2015 and is currently being implemented.

In Support Of Investment In Community Beds Rather Than Acute Hospital Beds

Apr 26, 2016 - Author: Tony McNamara, CEO, Cork University Hospital Group

It is a little known but vitally important statistic that in Cork University Hospital, as few as 3% of medical patients occupy c. 30% of bed days at any one time. Interestingly data presented at our recent Patient Pathway Symposium indicates that other large teaching hospitals in Ireland demonstrate similar patterns suggesting that addressing this challenge may significantly impact positively on Emergency Departments (ED) and on the performance of acute hospitals generally.

Doctor Training In Ireland

Mar 28, 2016 - Author: Tony McNamara, CEO, Cork University Hospital Group

Much has been said and written in recent times about positive and negative aspects of the structure of post graduate doctor training in Ireland.

Looking Beyond The Hospital For Solutions

Mar 18, 2016 - Author: Tony McNamara, CEO, Cork University Hospital Group

The challenge to deal conclusively with the Wicked Problem of multiple challenges to remove patients from trolleys in our Emergency Departments (ED) remains evasive. This is notwithstanding the multiple change management initiatives that have been implemented in our acute hospitals including Cork University Hospital where over 120 different changes have been implemented over the past three years.