OVERCROWDING at the emergency department at University Hospital Limerick has again reached peak national levels according to new figures published by the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation.
The daily figures published on Tuesday morning show that there were 46 patients treated on A&E trolleys and on additional trolleys or beds in the wards, at the Dooradoyle facility.
Nationwide, 612 patients were treated on trolleys on Tuesday.
A new “state-of-the-art” emergency department, three times the size of the current A&E, is due to be opened later this year.
However, following a HSE funding report published in December, UL Hospitals Group has been unable to confirm an exact date for its official opening.
It is hoped that the new facility, which will have 93 new frontline medical staff, will open its doors this May.
Subscribe or register today to discover more from DonegalLive.ie
Buy the e-paper of the Donegal Democrat, Donegal People's Press, Donegal Post and Inish Times here for instant access to Donegal's premier news titles.
Keep up with the latest news from Donegal with our daily newsletter featuring the most important stories of the day delivered to your inbox every evening at 5pm.