ACCORDING to figures received by the Limerick Leader this Wednesday, there was close to 900 patients treated on trolleys at University Hospital Limerick in October.
In total, 885 patients were treated on A&E trolleys or on additional trolleys, beds or chairs in the wards at the Dooradoyle emergency department. This is the highest rate of overcrowding the hospital has endured this year, and is almost twice as high as December 2015 overcrowding, when there were 453 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.