October 19, 2021

Worst day on record for patients waiting for hospital beds, numbers rise in Waterford hospital

Today has been the worst-ever day for trolley overcrowding since records began.

Figures published today reveal 760 admitted patients were left without beds in Ireland’s hospitals this morning.

Locally, the number of patients on trolleys at University Hospital Waterford (UHW) currently stands at 34. Thirty of these patients are on trolleys at the A&E department, with the other four waiting for beds in other hospital wards.

The figures released by the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) reveal the number of patients on trolleys nationwide today would more than fill the largest hospital in the State, St James (707 beds).

The previous worst day for overcrowding was March 12, 2018 during the so-called ‘Beast from the East’ weather phenonemon when 714 patients were left without beds.

University Hospital Limerick (UHL) has also broken the daily record for an individual hospital, with 92 patients on trolleys. The previous highest figure was 82, also in UHL.

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