Saturday 23 September 2017

Hospital overcrowding 'at record levels' as August figures released

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Denise Calnan

Denise Calnan

Hospital overcrowding is at record levels, as it's revealed that trolley numbers in August were up 27pc on 2016.

The latest trolley figures, released by the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation [INMO], show how a total of 7,781 admitted patients were on trolleys last month.

So far this year, 65,455 people admitted for care were placed on trolleys.

This is up 7pc on the first eight months of 2016.

The INMO determine hospital overcrowding as admitted patients on trolleys in Emergency Departments or wards.

The latest figures are released ahead of today’s meeting of the national Emergency Department Implementation Group which is due to commence this afternoon at 2pm.

The hospitals which experienced the highest levels of overcrowding in August (and the comparison with 10 years ago) were:

  • University Hospital Limerick – 835 (32 in 2007)
  • University Hospital, Galway – 643 (123 in 2007)
  • South Tipperary General Hospital – 489 (82 in 2007)
  •  University Hospital Waterford – 486 (0 in 2007)
  •  Cork University Hospital – 457 (189 in 2007)
  •  Midland Regional Hospital, Tullamore – 452 (2 in 2007)
  •  Mater Hospital Dublin – 436 (315 in 2007)

The INMO today will be will be seeking implementation of all emergency measures identified in the taskforce report, launched in 2015, including.

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