Nurses At UHL Report Highest Level Of Overcrowding Since Beginning Of Pandemic

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Nurses at University Hospital Limerick have reported the highest level of overcrowding there since February.

62 patients are on trolleys in Dooradoyle today.


Today’s total of 62 patients on trolleys at UHL is the highest figure recorded since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation.

51 of those are in the Emergency Department.

The total number on trolleys in Dooradoyle is more than twice that of the next busiest hospital in the country, while there are a total of 232 patients awaiting admission to hospitals throughout Ireland.

That too is the highest since the onset of COVID-19.

The HSE’s TrolleyGAR statistics, which uses a different methodology to count patients on trolleys in Limerick, finds 29 people on trolleys this morning.

All of them had been waiting for at least nine hours, while 14 had been waiting for at least 24 hours.