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INMO claim overcrowding levels at Our Lady of Lourdes in Drogheda are unprecedented

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A&E departments are now experiencing record levels of overcrowding

A&E departments are now experiencing record levels of overcrowding

A&E departments are now experiencing record levels of overcrowding

The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation has said the level of overcrowding in the emergency department in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda is unprecedented.

There are currently 30 admitted patients on trolleys in the department and a further 12 in the Medical Assessment Unit.

Mr Tony Fitzpatrick, Industrial Relations Officer with the INMO said that the staffing level is below that agreed with the LRC.

There should be 14 nurses working overnight tonight in the department but he said just nine are rostered and efforts to secure agency staff have been unsuccessful.

“There is a dire shortage of nurses,” he said.

In a statement issued in the last few minutes, the HSE has said the department is ‘extremely busy today with a significant number of patients awaiting hospital admission.”

It said, “The Hospital is encouraging the public to attend the Emergency Department for emergencies only and would advise people to contact their GP or GP Out of Hours services in the first instance.”

Mr Fitzpatrick said that it is unusual to have 42 people waiting for beds at this time of the day and he said that in both the Lourdes Hospital and the Beaumont Hospital in Dublin that patients have been waiting since Monday for beds on wards.

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