Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Trolley numbers at highest level since start of the pandemic

A total of 506 admitted patients are waiting for beds this morning, according to today’s Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) Trolley Watch.

This includes 393 patients waiting in the emergency department, while 113 are in wards elsewhere in the hospital.

The figure of 506 is the highest number of patients on trolleys in one day since the start of the pandemic. 

This includes 30 patients on trolleys at Sligo University Hospital,  29 at Galway University Hospital, 14 at Portiuncla Hospital, and 12 patients waiting on a bed at Mayo University Hospital.

 INMO General Secretary Phil Ni Sheaghdha said: “This is a very dangerous situation. Not only is it putting our members and their patients at significant risk of Covid infection, but it is placing an extraordinary burden on a workforce that is completely exhausted.

Letting overcrowding escalate over the coming months, as we have seen happen year after year, is going to lead to very poor outcomes for patients at a critical time in the pandemic.

There are currently 19 Covid-19 patients being treated at Galway University Hospital; 15 at Sligo University Hospital; four at Portiuncula and three at Mayo University Hospital. 

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