21 patients on trolleys at Naas Hospital today

Overcrowding at many hospitals

Kim O'Leary

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21 patients on trolleys at Naas Hospital today

Hundreds of patients are waiting for beds in hospitals around the country today, with 21 patients on trolleys at Naas Hospital.

According to the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation( INMO), there are 21 patients without beds at the Kildare facility with 13 in the emergency department and 8 on wards.

345 admitted patients are waiting for beds this morning, according to today’s INMO Trolley Watch. 254 are waiting in the emergency departments, while 91 are in wards elsewhere in the hospitals.

The worst-hit hospitals today are: Cork University Hospital at 33, Mater Misericordiae University Hospital at 31, and South Tipperary General Hospital at 30.

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.