January 17, 2021

Hospitals record highest number of Covid patients since pandemic began as numbers on trolleys at St Luke’s stack up

Ireland has now reached its highest level of hospitalisations due to Covid-19 according to the head of the Health Services Executive (HSE).

Meanwhile, there are no beds currently available at St Luke’s General Hospital, with 21 patients waiting on trolleys.

HSE Chief Executive Paul Reid this morning revealed a total of 921 people are now in hospital, far exceeding the 881 maximum reached in the first wave of the pandemic last April.

Mr Reid said on twitter: “With 921 people in hospital, we’ve now exceeded the peak level of the 1st wave (881). 75 in ICU.

“Healthy people are getting very sick. Everyone gets how serious this is now. Let’s all do what’s needed, turn this around, save lives, whilst the vaccine arrives. We have to.”

The latest Performance Management and Improvement Unit report released by the HSE this morning shows there are still no general bed or critical care beds available in St Luke’s.

The report also reveals there are five cases of Covid-19 in critical care beds at the Kilkenny hospital.

This morning, the latest trolley count from the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation revealed there are 21 patients on trolleys in St Luke’s awaiting beds, the highest number in weeks.

Mr Reid yesterday confirmed that non-urgent hospital care will be scaled back at all Irish hospitals, including St Luke’s, by the end of the week.



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