Tullamore has the most overcrowded hospital A&E in Ireland

Overcrowding continues to affect the country's hospitals

Justin Kelly


Justin Kelly



Tullamore has the most overcrowded A&E department in the country today

33 patients awaiting a proper bed at Tullamore A&E department

The main hospital in Ireland's midlands is the worst hit by the trolley crisis according to the the latest trolley watch figures released by the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO).

In total, 33 people were awaiting proper beds at the Midland Regional Hospital Tullamore. Some 25 trollies were deployed at the A&E department after patients were deemed sick enough to be in need of admission. A further eight people were being accomodated temporarily on trollies in wards. 

Across the border in Laois the Midland Region Hospital Portlaoise had 11 patients waiting for a bed.

Both hospitals are part of the Dublin Midlands Hospital Group. It includes Tallaght Hospital which had 21 patients waiting and Naas where there were 16 people on trollies.

There 27 people wating in Kilkenny and 20 in Mullingar.

University Hospital Waterford is the second most overcrowded in the country today with 32 people awaiting a proper bed at their A&E department.

Nationally, on May 10, 449 patients are waiting for a bed.

The INMO said the nationwide figure is 449, an increase of 40% on the same day last year when there were 320 patients on trolleys.