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26 May 2022

Covid-19 puts huge pressure on Laois frontline staff at Portlaoise hospital

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Front line staff in Portlaoise have been battling Covid-19 since March 2020 and are not faced with another big wave

Surging Covid-19 is putting huge pressure on frontline staff at Portlaoise hospital where numbers with the virus doubled in the past week.

The latest wave of the virus is also stretching bed capacity at the Portlaoise hospital with trollies deployed to cope with the influx.

There were 19 people with Covid-19 in the Midland Regional Hospital Portlaoise on Sunday night, March 27. Of these, three were critically ill in ICU. Five patients were admitted in the 24 hours to 8pm on Sunday

The spike in cases is revealed by the fact that there were nine cases in the hospital just five days earlier on March 22.

The pressure to find beds for people with Covid-19 and other illnesses is revealed in the bed numbers. There were just two general beds in the hospital but no ICU beds available.

Nurses reported that there were nine people on trollies on Monday morning.

The figures are also high in Portlaoise's sister hospitals which are used by many Laois people.

There were 51 people with Covid-19 in the Tullamore hospital. Of these one patient was in ICU. The Offaly hospital had four general beds and one ICU bed available on Sunday morning.

There were 55 people with Covid-19 in Naas General. None of these were critically ill. There were  two general beds available but no ICU beds free on Sunday morning.

At total of 1,585 people were in  hospital beds with Covid-19  at hospitals around Ireland at 8pm on March 27. Of these, 221 had been admitted in the previous 24 hours. The city hospitals have the highest numbers. There were 52 patients with Covid-19 at hospital ICU  departments around Ireland.

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