University Hospital Limerick tops national overcrowding with 63 patients on trolleys

Fintan Walsh, Health Correspondent

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University Hospital Limerick tops national overcrowding with 63 patients on trolleys

UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL Limerick is enduring the worst rate of overcrowding in the country, with 63 patients being treated on trolleys this Thursday. 

According to figures published by the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation this Thursday morning, there were 63 patients being treated on emergency department trolleys and on additional trolleys or chairs in the wards at UHL. 

The second highest rate of overcrowding was found at South Tipperary General Hospital, with 42 patients, followed by University Hospital Galway with 29 patients on trolleys. 

UHL had 14.9% of Ireland’s overcrowding this Thursday, with 424 patients on trolleys nationwide. 

Temperatures hit a low one degree Celcius this Thursday morning, a clear sign that harsh winter conditions around the corner. 

This means all hospitals nationwide will be under pressure to bring about their winter initiative plans as overcrowding is expected to gradually worsen until temperatures get warmer in February or March.