OVERCROWDING has reached a new high at University Hospital Limerick, with 66 patients being treated on trolleys between the emergency department and the wards this Tuesday morning.
According to figures released by the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation, there were 37 patients treated on trolleys in the A&E, and 29 patients on additional trolleys, beds or chairs in the wards, at the Dooradoyle hospital.
This is the highest rate of overcrowding the hospital has endured this year. On Monday, there were 58 patients treated on trolleys in UHL, which was the highest overcrowding rate the hospital had endured in 2016.
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.
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.