13 people awaiting admission to Letterkenny University Hospital

University Hospital Limerick endured worst level of overcrowding in 2017

University Hospital Limerick endured worst level of overcrowding in 2017

Today, the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation's trolley count this morning showed a new record high - the 2nd time this week - of 677 patients waiting on trolleys in public hospitals.

There are now 17 patients on trolleys with a further 13 waiting in already full wards at the Midland Regional Hospital, Tullamore.

A total of 55 people were on trolleys at University Hospital Limerick, while St Luke's Hospital had the highest number in the country at 57.

The figure exceeded the previous record of 612 set on January 3 past year.

Phil Ni Sheaghdha, the newly-appointed general secretary of the union, said that on 28 and 29 December, 11 of the 29 hospitals used their full capacity protocol and placed extra patients on wards.

The Health Minister said yesterday he's committed to opening more beds and reforming the system.

"At every budget for the past five years, we have warned that the supposed increases in the health budgets were mirages and they would not even keep pace with the underlying cost increases in the services".

UNIVERSITY Hospital Limerick had the highest number of patients on trolleys on the same week the national overcrowding record was broken, it has emerged.

The Mater University Hospital in Dublin was the capital's most overcrowded hospital with 5,238 patients on trolleys during 2017.

In a statement, Minister Harris explained: "We are entering a hard few weeks and our health services are experiencing extra pressure because of the flu season".

One woman, who did not want to be named, said that she had been there for hours and expected that she wouldn't be able to go anytime soon.

He said that the shortage of hospital beds is a "complex issue" without one solution, but that there are far more effective, economically viable and compassionate to having sick people on hospital trolleys.

Some 98,981 admitted patients were recorded as awaiting a hospital bed.

It also said that children should not be brought on visits anywhere in the hospital.

The Health Service Executive has urged people to get the flu vaccination and said the number of reported cases of flu had increased in the week before Christmas and it "is now actively circulating in Ireland".

January typically sees the highest numbers on the trolley watch as the flu virus peaks and leads to increased demand for in-patient services on the already under pressure hospital system.

"The HSE has in the last fortnight also been notified of a small number of deaths directly related to influenza (less than 10)".

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