Record-Equalling 81 On Trolleys At UHL

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University Hospital Limerick is experiencing its highest ever levels of overcrowding today.

A total 81 patients are on trolleys, the joint-highest figure ever recorded at the hospital.


According to the INMO’s Trolleywatch figures, 44 patients were awaiting a bed in the Emergency Department of University Hospital Limerick this morning, with a further 37 being accommodated on overflow areas of wards.

The combined figure of 81 is the joint-highest ever recorded at any Irish hospital, matching figures recorded in Limerick in April and in July.

The HSE’s own figures say there were 30 on trolleys in the A&E this morning.

The INMO says this September has already become the worst on record, even though there’s still a week remaining in the month.

Describing the issue as one of public safety, the group is calling for the HSE to make a high-level intervention, wanting officials to curtail services, take steps to allow for more staff to be recruited, and to open a review into the ongoing trolley overcrowding at University Hospital Limerick.

The INMO figures also show no patients on trolleys at Ennis or Nenagh hospitals today.