Full Capacity Protocol in place for Sligo & Letterkenny hospitals

The overcrowding crisis shows no sign of easing as the number on trolleys has spiked again today.

There are 59 people waiting on trolleys in North West Hospitals today according to the latest INMO trolley watch report.

Letterkenny University Hospital has the second highest number of people waiting for a bed in the country with 36 on trolleys in the emergency department and overflow area of wards.

It’s an increase of 19 on yesterdays figures.

There are 23 people waiting for a bed in Sligo Hospital with 18 of those on trolleys in the emergency department.

The Saolta Hospital group have confirmed to Ocean FM the Full Capacity Protocol has been implemented and all efforts continue to be made to identify patients who are appropriate for discharge.

Management at both hospitals are reminding the public to attend the Emergency Department only in the case of real emergencies and to contact their GP or GP Out-of-Hours service in the first instance

509 people are on trolleys nationwide according to the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation.

The figure is down from 543 yesterday, however, it’s the third day in a row the number has reached over 500.


15 people, all adults, have died of the flu so far this season in Ireland.

The HSE says we’re still a week or two away from the peak of the flu season.

It’s urging vulnerable patients and those over 65 to get the flu vaccine.

Dr. Joan O’Donnell, is from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre

The Health Minister has ordered a performance review of all the top managers in the HSE.

Simon Harris says he has asked the Director General to rate all senior managers under a number of criteria.



Minister Harris outlined the criteria HSE managers will be measured by: