Increase In Number Of COVID Positive Patients At UHL As INMO Says ICU Beds Like ‘Gold Dust’

There’s been a slight increase in the number of COVID positive patients being treated at the region’s main hospital over the weekend.

49 people with the virus are receiving treatment at University Hospital Limerick as of last night, which is still the highest figure of any facility in the country.

The UL Hospitals Group has cancelled ‘all but the most time critical’ appointments and some elective surgeries at the hospital today as it contains an outbreak of the disease that’s impacting four inpatient wards.

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The level of overcrowding has also increased slightly in Dooradoyle, with 59 patients on trolleys at the facility as of this morning according to the INMO.

While that’s still the highest figure in the country today, it’s a drop on the 65 people waiting on Friday, and the 87 on trolleys on this day last week.

It comes as the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisations┬áhas said ICU beds are like ‘gold dust’, with just 12 beds available nationwide.

INMO spokesperson Tony Fitzpatrick is concerned about the further easing of restrictions due to take place on Friday.