Hundreds of patients are waiting for beds in hospitals around the country today, with 16 patients on trolleys at Naas Hospital.
According to the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation( INMO), 338 patients were reported to be waiting for beds around the country this morning, with 242 in the Emergency Department and 96 in wards elsewhere in the hospital.
The worst hit hospitals today are Cork University Hospital with 40, University Hospital Limerick 30 and University Hospital Waterford at 28.
Every morning, INMO members count how many patients are waiting in the Emergency Department for a bed and how many are waiting in wards elsewhere in the hospital.
The INMO Trolley Watch counts the number of patients who have been admitted to acute hospitals, but who are waiting for a free bed. These patients are often being treated on trolleys in corridors, but they may also be on chairs, in waiting rooms, or simply wherever there’s space.