Trolley numbers reach record figures

Letterkenny is once again the third worst-hit hospital in the County today when it comes to trolley figures, with 47 patients waiting for a bed.


In total there are 62 people waiting on hospital beds in the northwest today with Sligo university hospital having 15 patients without a bed.



In total there are 631 people across the country waiting on hospital beds – 22 of them children.


University Hospital Limerick has the highest figure in the Country with 85 patients waiting on beds.


This is the highest figure ever recorded in an Irish hospital in a single day.



The previous record was 82, set in October 2019, also in Limerick.


The worst hit hospitals today along with Limerick are


Cork University Hospital – 52

Letterkenny University Hospital – 47

Tallaght University Hospital – 36

University Hospital Galway – 33



Meanwhile it’s emerged that 70 per cent of hospital patients aren’t admitted to a ward from emergency departments within the HSE’s own six hour target time.


The National Inpatient Experience Survey finds while most patients experience good care, waiting times are a major problem, with 4 per cent waiting 48 hours or more to be admitted.


Many of the survey’s 12,000 participants felt there wasn’t enough time to discuss their treatment, and they weren’t fully involved in decisions about their care.


Rachel Flynn, Director of the National Care Experience Programme, says waiting times in Irish hospitals are now a year-round problem: