Saturday 24 August 2019

Trolley crisis hits winter high as 606 people currently waiting beds

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Eilish O'Regan

Eilish O'Regan

A massive total of 606 people are currently waiting on hospital beds this morning.

The figures, released by the INMO Trolley Watch, is a new high for the trolley crisis so far this year.

It is the highest number of patients on trolleys since March 2018.

A total of 439 people are waiting in the emergency department, while 167 are in wards elsewhere in the hospital.

The worst-hit hospitals today are:

  • University Hospital Limerick - 59
  • South Tipperary General Hospital - 50
  • Cork University Hospital - 48

The INMO Trolley Watch counts the number of patients who have been admitted to acute hospitals, but who are waiting for a free bed.

These patients are often being treated on trolleys in corridors, but they may also be on chairs or in waiting rooms. The INMO started Trolley Watch in 2004.

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