Hospital Trolley Numbers Again Causing Comcern


There is ongoing concern about the numbers of patients on trolleys in Cork University Hospital again this Wednesday.

Today the hospital reports a total of 65 patients on trolleys within the hospital.

The situation is similar in University Hospital Limerick which currently has 42 patients on trolleys, with 45 more accommodated elsewhere in the hospital.

Tipperary University Hospital in Clonmel has 11 patients on trolleys this afternoon.

Galway University Hospital has 44 patients without a bed, while St. Vincent’s hospital in Dublin has 47 and the Mater has 33.

Nationwide, 532 admitted patients are waiting on a bed according to today’s INMO Trolley Watch figures.

Meanwhile, the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation and the Irish Association for Emergency Medicine – who represent emergency department doctors – are to hold a virtual joint press briefing tomorrow, Thursday at 10.30am.

Both organisations are jointly calling for Government assistance to curb the spread of covid-19.

Higher rates of infection are causing high rates of hospital admission.

The unions say hospitals are overwhelmed and staff need real assistance to deal with the situation made more difficult by staff absences due to covid infection.