UHL Trolley Numbers In June Were Double Pre-Pandemic Levels

University Hospital Limerick emergency department

The level of overcrowding at the region’s main hospital more than doubled last month on pre-pandemic levels.

The INMO has published it’s trolleywatch analysis for June, which has found that more than 1,800 people were waiting for beds at University Hospital Limerick across the month.

The latest analysis from the Irish Nurses and Midwest Organisation shows there were 1,829 patients waiting for beds at University Hospital Limerick over the past month.


This represents a 106% increase on the same month last year and is more than double the figure in June 2019, before the pandemic took told.

The report also shows that the level of overcrowding at the Dooradoyle facility was 72% higher last month than the next busiest facility; Cork University Hospital.

Meanwhile, at Ennis General Hospital, trolley numbers jumped from 7 in 2019 to 37 last month.

The INMO says it was the worst June on record for overcrowding, since the nurses union began counting trolleys in 2006.

It’s calling on the HSE to take urgent and direct intervention in a number of areas, including the full implementation of HIQA recommendations on University Hospital Limerick.