Overcrowding at University Hospital Limerick hits monthly high

Fintan Walsh

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Fintan Walsh

University Hospital Limerick had the third highest level of overcrowding in Ireland in August
NEW figures reveal that the University Hospital Limerick (UHL) has had its worst ever August for overcrowding, according to the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation.

NEW figures reveal that the University Hospital Limerick (UHL) has had its worst ever August for overcrowding, according to the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation.

The INMO’s monthly Trolley and Ward Watch report showed that UHL had 618 people being treated on trolleys in August — the third highest in the country.

The figures show that there was a 34% increase in the number of people on trolleys this August, in comparison to 458 people in August 2014.

The lowest level of overcrowding at UHL in any August was in 2006, when there was just 26 people found on trolleys.

The highest rate of overcrowding in the country in August was seen in Our Lady of Lourdes, in Drogheda, with 680 people, ahead of Beaumont hospital with 678 people on trolleys.

Fine Gael Cllr Maria Byrne, who sits on the West Regional Health Forum, said she was “alarmed” at the figures published this week.

INMO general secretary Liam Doran said that the Government must accept the request for additional funding made recently by the HSE.

The UL Hospitals Group was unavailable to comment at time of going to press.