81 patients on trolleys at University Hospital Limerick as national overcrowding figures equalled

University Hospital Limerick

A TOTAL of 81 patients were being treated on trolleys at the region’s main hospital this Thursday morning.

According to the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO), the latest figures for University Hospital Limerick (UHL) equal the national overcrowding record which was previously set by the Limerick-based hospital in April.

On Wednesday, April 3, a total of 81 patients were being treated on trolleys in the emergency department and the hospital’s various wards. 

The spike in patients on trolleys this week has been attributed to a busy weekend in the region’s only 24-hour emergency department and an increased number of delayed discharges across UL Hospital Group

Meanwhile, management at University Hospital Limerick are urging the public to consider all their care options before presenting themselves to the Dooradoyle-based emergency department, as high levels of overcrowding continue.

“We apologise for any inconvenience caused to patients or their loved ones who have experienced long wait times in the ED at UHL, and we would like to reassure patients and their families that we are working to alleviate the situation,” said a UL Hospitals Group spokesperson.

Entrance to the emergency department at Unversity Hospital Limerick (UHL)

“We also acknowledge the work of our staff and thank them for their continued dedication and commitment to patient care.

“We are urging people to please consider all their care options at this time and not to attend the emergency department unless absolutely necessary.

“It is important that we keep the ED for emergencies only and we encourage the public to do so.

“Injury Units in St John’s, Ennis and Nenagh hospitals are open for appropriate injuries.  Injury Units treat broken bones, dislocations, sprains, strains, wounds, scalds and minor burns and save long waiting times.

“Injury Units are open in Ennis and Nenagh Hospitals from 8am to 8pm every day and 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday at St John’s Hospital. 

“Others with a less serious illness can be treated by their GP or out of hours GP service where their GP can refer them to an Assessment Unit the following day if required.

“However, if you are seriously injured or ill or are worried your life is at risk the ED will assess and treat you as a priority.”

On Monday, July 8, 61 patients waited for a hospital bed, followed by 70 patients on Tuesday, July 9 and 78 on Wednesday, July 10.

Of the 81 patients awaiting a bed today, Thursday, July 11, a total of 43 people were on trolleys in the hospital’s emergency department with a further 38 admitted patients on trolleys throughout various wards at the Dooradoyle-based facility.

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