Overcrowding soars at Limerick A&E with 58 patients on trolleys

Fintan Walsh, Health Correspondent

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Overcrowding soars at Limerick A&E with 58 patients on trolleys

THE EMERGENCY department at University Hospital Limerick has endured one of its highest overcrowding rates so far this year, with 58 patients treated on trolleys this Monday morning. 

According to figures released by the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation, there were 42 patients treated on trolleys in the Dooradoyle A&E, and 16 patients on additional trolleys, beds or chairs in the wards. 

According to monthly figures released last Wednesday evening, there were 885 patients treated on trolleys in October. UHL had the highest monthly rate of overcrowding in the country last month. 

With 58 patients on trolleys this Monday, UHL has again the highest rate of overcrowding in the country. The second highest rate is at University Hospital Galway, with 31 patients on trolleys. 

Contributing factors include an increase in A&E presentations, “disproportionate” increase in A&E admissions, and 15 beds had been closed for most part of October. These beds are now open. 

A new A&E, three times the size of the current facility, is due to open in May 2017.