December 14, 2019
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Patients on trolleys at St Luke’s more than doubles in 24 hours: INMO

THE number of patients being treated on trolleys at St Luke’s General Hospital has more than doubled in the space of just 24 hours.

Fifteen people were left waiting for a bed at St Luke’s on Monday, but this figure had risen to 33 by yesterday morning.

Yesterday KilkennyNow.ie revealed a total of 324 patients were treated on trolleys at St Luke’s last month. This was an increase of almost 10% compared to the figure of 288 recorded in February.

The latest figures come as many hospitals across the country battle severe overcrowding.

Yesterday a total of 510 admitted patients were left waiting for hospital beds, according to the latest Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) Trolley Watch figures issues.

Some 380 patients were recorded on trolleys in emergency departments, while another 130 were on trolleys in wards elsewhere in the hospitals.

The three worst affected hospitals were University Hospital Limerick with 72 people waiting on trolleys, Cork University Hospital with 54 admitted patients waiting for beds, and a total of 38 in University Hospital Galway.

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