OVER 80 patients were waiting to be admitted - including around 30 on trolleys in the emergency department - at the Mid-Western Regional Hospital yesterday in what nurses have described as the worst day of overcrowding since they suspended their industrial action four weeks ago.
As well as the overcrowding in A&E, extra beds and trolleys again had to be fitted in general wards to deal with the overflow from casualty. And the INMO’s Mary Fogarty said 16 patients were accommodated in a ward temporarily reopened to alleviate the pressure.
These beds were “opened on an ad hoc basis without the relevant number of staff”, Ms Fogarty told Limerick’s Live 95FM, adding “in total this morning at the hospital there are 82 patients who haven’t got proper access to a designated bed within the hospital”.
The HSE confirmed the figures were correct but added “it is important to stress that these overflow beds are adequately staffed and while not within the designated complement of hospital beds provide a much needed safety valve in managing the overall system”.