Trolley numbers increase in north west

Hospitals in the north west are experience severe over-crowding with 52 people on trolleys today.

Sligo University Hospital is the worst-effected with 29 people waiting for a bed – 27 of those are on trolleys in the emergency department with a further two waiting in overflow areas of wards.

This is an increase of six from yesterday.

When contacted by Ocean FM, the Saolta hospital group said this is down to an increase in more serious cases presenting to the hospital which is increasing pressure on the emergency department.

Letterkenny University Hospital has a further 23 patients waiting for admission. Nine of those are on emergency department trolleys with a further 14 in wards according to Irish Nurses and Midwives figures.

University Hospital Galway is the most overcrowded with 48 people in need of a bed and there are 473 people waiting across the country according to today’s trolley watch report.