Overcrowding figures soar for July at University Hospital Limerick

Fintan Walsh

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Fintan Walsh

University Hospital Limerick, in Dooradoyle, suffered its highest level of overcrowding for the month of July
NEW figures have revealed that the University Hospital Limerick has had its highest ever level of overcrowding for the month of July this year, according to the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation.

NEW figures have revealed that the University Hospital Limerick has had its highest ever level of overcrowding for the month of July this year, according to the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation.

Likewise, INMO figures released in the first week of July revealed that UHL had its highest number of people treated on trolleys for the previous month of June, with an 80% increase in comparison to June 2014.

According to the figures, 495 people were put on trolleys this July, which is 20 people more than July 2014. In July 2013, there were 260 people left on trolleys.

However, the findings show that there were 158 fewer people on trolleys in July than in June.

Similar to the June figures, UHL’s figures this month are the fourth highest in the country, behind Beaumont Hospital, University Hospital Galway and Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda, which had 769 people on trolleys.

Since the INMO figures began in 2006, the lowest rate of overcrowding in the month of July at UHL was in 2007, when just 18 people were left waiting on trolleys.

Tuesday’s INMO trolley figures showed that UHL had the second highest overcrowding figures in the country, with 37 people put on trolleys, three people less than in Beaumont Hospital.

A spokesperson for the UHL Group said, amongst the factors that contribute to the increase in pressure within the emergency department in Dooradoyle was “the older age profile of patients presenting along with the complexity of issues they have”.

The spokesperson said that the group apologised to any patient that had to wait to be admitted.

Nationally, 6,175 people were put on trolleys this July.