37 waiting for a hospital bed in north west

There are 37 people waiting for hospital beds in the north west today according to the latest trolley watch report.

University Hospital Letterkenny has 28 waiting for a bed with 16 on trolleys and a further 12 waiting in the overflow area of wards.

University Hospital Sligo has nine people waiting on trolleys.

According to INMO figures there are 440 people waiting for a bed across the country this afternoon.

University Hospital Galway is the most overcrowded with 34 people in need of a bed.

In early September, Minister for Health Simon Harris and the Heath Service Executive announced a new winter initiative.

Under the plan, from today – the 1st of December overcrowding cannot exceed 236 patients on any single day.