FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sunday 12th July 2015
Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists (ISCP) voices concern after University Hospital Galway announces Physiotherapists may now be displaced for extra beds.
University Hospital Galway has now revealed that it may decide to displace the Physiotherapy department for extra beds despite warnings from trade union Impact that the move could risk breaching HIQA standards.
The Physiotherapy department UHG was designed and purpose built in response to the access needs of the population it serves as outlined in the HIQA National Standards for Safer Better Healthcare. While the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists (ISCP) is very cognisant and sympathetic of the situation in the Emergency Department and agrees that this needs to be addressed urgently, the ISCP is expressing its concern regarding the seriousness of such a move by the HSE for physiotherapy patients. ISCP CEO Ruaidhri O'Connor stated: “While it may resolve one problem for the HSE it creates significant negative consequences for physiotherapy patients including decreased patient safety arising from a move from a purpose built facility to a significantly smaller and unsuitable location with adverse implications for safe, reliable and quality care delays in patients receiving treatment with consequent longer hospital stays for many inpatients and later discharges home. This would contribute to increased costs arising from such inefficiencies for the HSE.”
In-patients affected would include acute stroke, frail elderly, neurological conditions, limb loss/absence, acquired brain injuries, post orthopaedic surgery, oncology, and impaired mobility. Patients with respiratory conditions including cystic fibrosis, cardiology and surgical respiratory patients would be similarly affected.