26 patients on trolleys at Naas Hospital today

Overcrowding at many hospitals

Kim O'Leary

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Naas General Hospital.      Photo Tony Keane.

Naas General Hospital main entrance

There are currently 26 patients receiving treatment on trolleys at Naas Hospital today, making it the second busiest hospital in the Eastern region behind the Mater Hospital which has 29 patients on trolleys.

According to the INMO's Trolley Watch figures today, there are 26 patients without beds at the Kildare facility with 22 in the emergency department and 4 on wards elsewhere.

Meanwhile, nationwide there are 370 admitted patients waiting for beds today, according to today’s INMO Trolley Watch. 286 are waiting in the emergency departments, while 84 are in wards elsewhere in the hospitals.

The worst-hit hospitals today are: University Hospital Limerick at 53, Cork University Hospital at 44, and Mater Misericordiae University Hospital at 29.

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.