The number of patients on trolleys in hospitals waiting for admission to a bed continues to increase
The number of patients on trolleys in hospitals waiting for admission to a bed continues to increase.
Today there are 467 patients on trolleys in emergency departments or in wards waiting for admission to a bed, figures from the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation show.
It represents an increase of six on yesterday’s total figure.
The INMO says that of the 467 patients affected today, 374 are on trolleys in emergency departments and 93 are on trolleys in wards.
This day last year there were 345 patients on trolleys in emergency departments, compared with 374 today.
The worst affected hospitals today are Beaumont Hospital in Dublin with 49 patients waiting on trolleys, University Hospital Galway with 37 patients waiting, the Midland Regional Tullamore with 33 patients and Connolly Hospital Dublin with 32 patients.
The Health Service Executive has said that part of the increase is due to the seasonal flux that traditionally takes place after Christmas and the New Year period.
Some hospitals are also reporting an increase in admissions of the frail elderly.
The Special Delivery Unit is working with hospitals to help reduce pressure.
The level of influenza in Ireland is reported to be low at this time.