Dublin and Midlands hospitals overwhelmed by trollies

Nearly 150 sick patients forced to wait in A&E or wards

Conor Ganly


Conor Ganly



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Dublin Midlands Hospital Group overwhelmed by trollies.

The number of people forced onto trollies at Portlaoise and other hospitals in Dublin, Kildare and Offaly has fallen slightly but hospitals remain overwhelmed with almost 150 people waiting, according the latest figures from nurses.

Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) daily trolley and ward watch charts show that the number at the Midland Regional Hospital Portlaoise was 19 on Tuesday, February 20.

The Laois hospital is part of the Dublin Midlands Hospital Group (DMHG). It also includes the Midland Regional Hospital Tullamore where 49 patients were waiting for a bed after being needed of admission for care. Tullamore is the next port of call for patients who cannot be treated in Portlaoise. There were 51 people waiting in the A&E or wards in Tullamore on Monday.

Emergency Departments and wards at the other DMHG hospitals are also overcrowded. There are 33 patients waiting in Tallaght and 21 at St James' in Dublin. There were 25 patients waiting at Naas in Kildare.

There were 147 people waiting on Tuesday, down slightly on Monday, February 19 when a massive 159 were waiting.  

Tullamore had the third worst trolley problem nationally on Tuesday behind hospitals Cork and Limerick.

A new record was set for people waiting for a bed on Monday when 643 were waiting according to INMO figures.

Tuesday was the third highest day on record for number of patients on hospitals.