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29/07/2021

Overcrowding highest at University Hospital Limerick

INMO says 34 patients are waiting on trolleys

Visiting restrictions remain in place at Limerick psychiatric unit

University Hospital Limerick has the highest level of overcrowding in the country

OVERCROWDING at University Hospital Limerick’s emergency department is the highest in the country this Friday, with 34 patients being treated on trolleys.

According to figures published by the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO), there are 19 patients being treated on trolleys in the A&E, and 15 patients on additional beds, trolleys or chairs in wards. 

There are 392 patients on trolleys in hospitals across the country.

Meanwhile, visiting restrictions at the acute psychiatric unit at University Hospital Limerick have been lifted following an outbreak of the flu. 

A HSE spokesperson said this Friday lunchtime that "visiting restrictions have now been lifted at Unit 5B, normal visiting hours will resume with immediate effect"

A small number patients and staff were confirmed with the seasonal influenza virus in the unit last week.

It is understood that no new cases were confirmed thereafter.

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