Fine Gael Meath East TD, Regina Doherty, has today (Friday) said that hospitals in the north east are set to be among the first to benefit from the new Acute Medical Programme, which will overhaul how patients are admitted, and make hospitals operate in a more efficient manner.
“The Minister for Health, James Reilly, is implementing a series of reforms on how our hospitals are run by overhauling clinical programmes. This will deliver greater efficiencies and, crucially, it will lead to better outcomes for patients.
“The Acute Medical Programme (AMP) will radically change the way hospitals deal with patients who come into Emergency Departments. It will improve the experience of sick people by ensuring that they are dealt with through a number of different ‘streams’ into the hospital.
“Four hospitals in the Dublin North East Region will be among the first to benefit from this new programme. The AMP will be rolled out this year in Our Lady’s Hospital in Navan, Our Lady of Lourdes in Drogheda, Beaumont and Cavan General.
“This will change the way the Emergency Departments are run in these hospitals by improving safety and ease of access, especially for very ill patients. The AMP will stream these patients away from crowded Emergency Departments to purpose-designed areas for rapid investigation and treatment, called Acute Medical Units.
“As well as changing the pattern of admissions, the AMP also includes a National Early Warning Score (NEWS) which will help to monitor the patient’s condition, and trigger a medical response if there is a deterioration. This may lead to the patient being moved to a more appropriate care setting.
“The AMP is aiming to save 500,000 bed days used, which means it will free up much needed bed space. This, together with the Special Delivery Unit, will help to make a serious dent in the problem of overcrowding in our hospitals. The AMP will be introduced in at least 18 hospitals in 2012 and in all other hospitals in 2013.”