Laois patients face trolley nightmare at Tullamore and Naas hospitals

Conor Ganly

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Midlands Regional Hospital, Tullamore

Hospital trolley numbers are back into double figures in Portlaoise's hospital while the number waiting for a bed in Tullamore surged to the second highest in the country.

Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation Trolley Watch figures reveal there were 13 patients waiting to get a bed at the Midland Regional Hospital, Portlaoise on Thursday, January 18. The number is up on the eight trolleys deployed on Wednesday but a little less than the 15 needed on Tuesday. 

The problem has reached critical in the hospital to which many Laois patients are referred if they cannot be seen in Portlaoise. In total, 40 people were waiting at the Midland Regional Hospital in Tullamore. Of these, 17 were in A&E with a further 23 dispatched around the wards. There were 40 people waiting for the second day running.

Tullamore is second behind University Hospital of Limerick, with 57 trollies, in the trolley count table.

The problem is also bad other hospitals to which Laois patients are referred to for care. Naas General is the designated hospital for people who have suffered a stroke. There were 23 patients waiting of which 19 were in the Emergency Department. Four trollies were in use on wards.

The other acute hospitals in the Dublin Midlands Hospital Group are St James and Tallaght hospitals. There were just five waiting in St James and 22 in Tallaght.

The total waiting in the DMHG was 103. This is nearly fifth of the 547 national total.

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