Tuesday, February 01, 2022

There are high numbers of patients on trolleys in hospitals across the region today.

The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) reports that both Mayo and Sligo Unversity Hospitals have 23 patients left without a bed. There are 37 people on trolleys at Galway University Hospital, and 27 at Portiuncula Hospital.

There are more than 500 people on hospital trolleys nationwide today. Galway and Sligo University Hospitals were among the five most overcrowded hospitals in the country during the month of January. There were 738 patients on trolleys at GUH and 526 at SUH.

Commenting on the January TrolleyWatch figures, INMO General Secretary Phil Ní Sheaghdha said:  “We cannot allow a return to pre-2020 business as usual in our hospitals where chronic overcrowding is allowed to continue.  It is only the first month of the year and we had overcrowding records broken in our hospitals, with University Hospital Limerick logging record overcrowding two days in a row last week. We have seen the highest levels of January overcrowding since the INMO began Trolleywatch in 2006 in University Hospital Limerick, Letterkenny University Hospital, Mercy University Hospital, Portunicula Hospital, Sligo University Hospital, University Hospital Galway.” 

It is not acceptable to us that chronic overcrowding is allowed to continue while COVID is still rampant in many of our hospitals.  Our members are frankly embarrassed and tired of apologising to patients for the poor standard of care environments,” she added.

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