Thursday 26 April 2018

More than 550 people waiting on beds, as CUH forced to move patients to private hospital

Trolleys line the corridors inside the hospital
Trolleys line the corridors inside the hospital
Laura Larkin

Laura Larkin

Hundreds of people are waiting for a bed in Irish hospitals today according to two key sets of data.

The Irish Nurses and Midwives (INMO) daily trolley watch figures - which include people waiting on trolleys on wards - shows that 555 people are waiting on a bed in hospitals around the country.

Cork University Hospital is the worst affected hospital in the country according to both sources - with the INMO reporting 45 people waiting on a bed.

This is despite the hospital taking a range of measures to tackle overcrowding including moving people to other hospitals in the city, including to a private hospital.

The Medical Clinical Director of CUH Mike O'Connor told RTÉ's Morning Ireland 11 patients were transferred to the Mater Private.

Additional staff and resources were also brought on stream over the weekend.

This was the second year in a row that CUH was forced to send patients to the Mater Private he said.

A number of other patients were transferred to other public hospitals in the area.

Meanwhile, the TrolleyGar figures, which looks at patients on a bed at 8am, show that there are 10pc more people waiting on trolleys compared to this day last year, with 427 waiting. This figure includes eight children.

This morning in Temple Street Children's Hospital there are five children on trolleys, while in Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Crumlin there are three children without a bed. Four of those have spent more than nine hours on the trolley.

Of those adults waiting 230 have endured a wait of more than nine hours according to the HSE.

Letterkenny General Hospital has 40 people on trolleys, while in the Midlands Regional Hospital in Mullingar there are 32 patients waiting on trolley crisis.

The latest figures comes amid fears the end of the school holidays could lead to a surge in flu cases.

The reopening of schools today after the holidays is expected to cause a big increase in flu cases in the coming days and weeks.

Health Minister Simon Harris previously urged parents to keep their children home from school if they showed signs of being unwell.

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