Monday 17 December 2018

More than 600 people - including children - waiting for a hospital bed

University College Hospital Galway is the worst affected hospital in the country with 54 people waiting for a bed

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Laura Larkin

Laura Larkin

More than 600 people are waiting for a bed in Irish hospitals today according to the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (IMNO).

The daily trolley watch shows that of the 644 patients on trolleys 14 of them are children. In Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin nine children are without a bed.

University College Hospital Galway is the worst affected hospital in the country today with 54 people waiting for a bed.

Cork University Hospital has 55 people on trolleys, while University Hospital Limerick has 43 people.

Overcrowded emergency departments are responsible for much of the trolley count with 482 on ED trolleys. The remaining 162 patients are on wards.

The numbers show a significant spike from last Friday when 534 patients were on trolleys.

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