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Transplant operation cancelled at Mater Hospital due to ICU bed shortage

The Mater University Hospital had to cancel a transplant surgery this week, citing a shortage in ICU beds.

The hospital’s “unprecedented” decision, which was made on Friday November 12th, was described as “necessary to ensure the safety of the transplant patient involved”.


The hospital stated that that there were “severe capacity constraints” in its ICU on the day, with 50% of the beds being occupied by Covid-19 patients.

It added that every effort was made to prevent the cancellation, seeking other hospitals in the Dublin area to secure a bed.

“The decision was not taken lightly and the Mater deeply regrets the impact that this had on the transplant patient, their family and the donor’s family”.


In the Sunday Independent, HSE Chief Clinical Officer Dr. Colm Henry said the case was symptomatic of the severe pressure being placed on the healthcare system.

IMAGE – “Two nurses transporting a bed down a hospital corridor” is licensed under CC BY 4.0


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