FOR a fourth consecutive day, University Hospital Limerick has the highest trolley numbers in the country.
According to figures collated by the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation, there are 39 patients on trolleys at UHL – in the emergency department and on wards.
This figure is the highest among hospitals nationally – for a fourth consecutive day – but have dropped from Tuesday’s 46.
The overcrowding figure has been consistently high at UHL but remains some way short of January’s peak of 66 – yet the hospital is regularly the most overcrowded in the country.
27 beds that were opened between St John’s Hospital, Ennis and Nenagh hospitals to alleviate overcrowding have now reverted back to their original use.
A “state-of-the-art” emergency department is expected to open this May, subject to a successful recruitment campaign and HSE funding.
It will be three times the size of the current facility, and is expected to improve the patient and staff experience at the hospital, a spokesperson for the UL Hospitals Group has said.