18 patients on trolleys at Naas Hospital today

Overcrowding at hospitals

Kim O'Leary

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Kim O'Leary

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Naas General Hospital.      Photo Tony Keane.

There are currently 18 patients receiving treatment on trolleys at Naas General Hospital today, with 396 patients nationwide admitted to hospitals.

According to the INMO's Trolley Watch, there are 18 patients waiting for beds at the Kildare facility which is up slightly from 17 patients yesterday.

In total 396 patients have been admitted to hospitals across the country today, 265 are waiting in the emergency departments while 131 are in wards elsewhere in the hospitals.

The worst-hit hospitals today are: University Hospital Limerick at 50, Cork University Hospital at 45, and Tallaght University Hospital at 40.

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.