Overcrowding at University Hospital Limerick remains highest in Ireland

46 PATIENTS TREATED ON TROLLEYS

Fintan Walsh, Health Correspondent

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Overcrowding at University Hospital Limerick remains highest in Ireland

OVERCROWDING at University Hospital Limerick is at least twice as high as the vast majority of emergency departments across the country this Monday. 

According to new daily figures published by the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation, there were 46 patients being treated on A&E trolleys and on additional beds, trolleys or chairs in the wards, at the Dooradoyle facility. 

The second highest rate of overcrowding is at University Hospital Galway, which has 28 patients being treated on trolleys. 

A new state-of-the-art emergency department is due to be opened later this year, but the exact date is unclear, as it is subject to a successful funding and recruitment campaign.