Trolley numbers at University Hospital Limerick at highest level in the country

There are 67 patients on trolleys in the emergency department and on trolleys or beds in the wards at UHL this Monday

There are 67 patients on trolleys in the emergency department and on trolleys or beds in the wards at UHL this Monday

THERE has been a sharp increase in overcrowding at University Hospital Limerick this Monday.

According to figures provided by the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation, there are 67 patients on trolleys in the emergency department and on trolleys or beds in the wards at UHL this Monday.

This is more than double the next highest figure in the country with 29 patients on trolleys in the Midlands Regional Hospital and St Vincent’s University Hospital with 28.

There were 22 patients on trolleys at UHL on Friday and 26 the previous day, according to the figures.

Recent figures for the month of March showed that more than 1,000 patients were treated on trolleys at UHL, the worst in the country.

According to the INMO statistics, there were 1,022 patients on emergency department trolleys and on additional trolleys or beds in the wards at the Dooradoyle facility that month.

This was the highest ever figure recorded for any March since records began. In March 2017, there were 699 patients on trolleys at UHL. 

The hospital recently saw a €1m revamp of surgical units, which it is hoped might ease pressure on the overcrowded emergency department.

It officially opened its new acute surgical assessment unit and a newly-refurbished €1m pre-operative assessment unit.

The expanded service, which aims to make available eight beds instead of four, will allow GPs direct access to emergency surgical services, where patients can be seen by someone in a timely manner.