High levels of overcrowding at University Hospital Limerick

High levels of overcrowding at University Hospital Limerick

UNIVERSITY Hospital Limerick has been experiencing high rates of overcrowding at its emergency department this week. 

For the second day in a row, UHL has the busiest A&E in the country – 41 patients were treated on trolleys on Monday, and 40 patients were treated on trolleys on Tuesday morning. 

A new, state-of-the-art emergency department is "on target" to open at the Dooradoyle campus in March 2017. As part of the hospital expansion, it is expected that 100 new nurses, junior doctors and consultants will be taken on. 

Overcrowding figures for June are due to be published by the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation later this week.