Serious overcrowding at Naas General Hospital today with 32 patients on trolleys

482 patients waiting on beds nationwide

Kim O'Leary

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There is a serious overcrowding problem at Naas General Hospital today with 32 patients currently on trolleys.

According to the INMO's Trolley Watch figures, there are 28 patients in the emergency department and 4 on wards elsewhere at the Kildare facility today, making it and Beaumont Hospital the joint highest for overcrowding in the Eastern region today.

Nationwide there are 482 admitted patients waiting for beds today, according to today’s INMO Trolley Watch. 355 are waiting in the emergency departments, while 127 are in wards elsewhere in the hospitals.

The worst-hit hospitals today are: University Hospital Limerick at 53,  Cork University Hospital at 43, Naas General Hospital at 32 and Beaumont Hospital also at 32

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.