Trolley number shoots up in Portlaoise on St Valentine's Day.
There was nothing romantic in the experience of more than 100 people in Portlaoise and other hospitals in the Dublin Midlands Hospital Group this St Valentine's Day.
The daily Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation Trolley and Ward Watch chart reveals that 18 patients had to wait on trollies in the hospital's Emergency Department for a bed at the Midlands Regional Hospital Portlaoise on February 14.
The Laois hospital is part of the same hospital group as Tullamore, Naas, Tallaght and St James'. A total of 112 patients were forced to wait in these hospitals because of a lack of beds.
Tallaght and Tullamore experienced the worst problems with 34 each waiting. There were 20 waiting in Naas but just six in St James'.
Depending on the illness, Laois patients are referred to these hospitals if they cannot be treated in Portlaoise.
Nationally, there was a massive 623 patients waiting for a bed. Cork University Hospital had the worst problems with 58 waiting followed closely by University Hospital Limerick with 55 waiting.