50 patients on trolleys at Beaumont
The number of patients on trolleys in the emergency department of Beaumont Hospital in Dublin reached 50 yesterday, one of the worst days of overcrowding this year and despite it still being summer.
Other hospitals also had high trolley numbers including Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda (33), University Hospital Limerick (25), St Vincent's Hospital Dublin (24) and Galway Hospital (20).
A spokeswoman for Beaumont said it acknowledged and regretted the difficult conditions experienced by patients and staff at its emergency department.
"A number of factors have contributed to these conditions, including high numbers of attendances at the department over the past week and bed closures while essential refurbishment is carried out to improve facilities.
"It has one of the busiest emergency departments in the country providing services to over 50,000 patients each year.
"The hospital would like to reassure patients that every effort is being made to move patients into beds on wards as quickly as possible."