Letterkenny University Hospital has the highest number of people waiting on beds

Letterkenny University Hospital is among those in the country that had record overcrowding during October.


The monthly trolleywatch figures compiled by the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation show the number of patients on trolleys throughout the country almost doubled last month compared to the same time in 2020.


Nineteen hospitals saw their trolley figures DOUBLE compared to October 2020.


Hospitals with the highest numbers of patients on trolleys included Letterkenny and University Hospital Galway.


INMO General Secretary Phil Ni Sheaghdha said they have not seen any detailed plan from the HSE for the winter.


There is little sign of the strain that the staff of Letterkenny University Hospital are under today easing as there are 58 patients waiting for admission to a bed today at Letterkenny this morning which is the highest number in the entire country.  16 patients are in the emergency department and there are 42 elsewhere in the hospital.


The latest trolley watch figures from the INMO has confirmed that there are ten people waiting at Sligo University Hospital waiting on a hospital bed.  7 of those are in the emergency department.


Nationally there are 515 patients on trolleys today – the highest figure in eight months.