Sharp increase in overcrowding at University Hospital Limerick

Fintan Walsh, Health Correspondent

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Fintan Walsh, Health Correspondent

Sharp increase in overcrowding at University Hospital Limerick

OVERCROWDING at University Hospital Limerick has seen a massive increase this Tuesday morning in comparison to trends in 2017. 

According to daily figures published by the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation, there were 51 patients on trolleys in the emergency department and on trolleys or beds in the wards at UHL this Tuesday. 

This was the second highest rate in the country. UHL had the highest rate of overcrowding this Monday with the same level of overcrowding. 

On April 18 last year, there were 19 patients on trolleys. That marks an increase of 168% this Tuesday. On April 19 last year, there were 34 patients on trolleys, marking an increase of 50% this Tuesday. 

Figures are not available for April 17 last year.