High Praise For Ennis General In National Patients’ Survey

Ennis General Hospital is the highest scorer in a newly-published survey of its patients, although University Hospital Limerick has performed worst of all.

HIQA’s National Patient Experience Survey, published today, shows 98% of respondents who received care in Ennis say they had a ‘good’ or ‘very good’ experience.

The story in Dooradoyle, however, is very different.


University Hospital Limerick received the lowest mark in terms of overall experience amongst its patients in this survey, which surveyed over 13,000 patients throughout Ireland last May.

There were some good areas but, as Senior Programme Manager with HIQA, Tracy O’Carroll outlines, a number of concerns were issued too.

But while UHL has come out at the bottom of this table, Ennis has received the joint-highest mark of any hospital in the country.

There, most patients said they were given clear explanation of their diagnosis and the risks or benefits of their procedures, while patients and their families were given sufficient opportunities to talk to a doctor when required.

Smaller hospitals have generally fared better in the survey, as Tracy O’Carroll of HIQA outlines.

The level of overcrowding at the region’s main hospital is on the rise once again.

The latest figures from the INMO show 68 patients were waiting on trolleys at University Hospital Limerick this morning, 44 of those in the emergency department.

The overall figure is 31 more than the next busiest facility, Galway University Hospital, where 37 patients are waiting to be admitted.