Tullamore hospital the most overcrowded in Ireland according to nurse figures

Overcrowding continues to affect the country's hospitals

Conor Ganly


Conor Ganly



Tullamore remains one of the most overcrowded hospitals in Ireland today

Tullamore remains one of the most overcrowded hospitals in Ireland today

Ill people who have to go to the main hospital in the midlands face the longest wait for admission of any Irish hospoital with figures from nurses show that 40 patients are waiting on trollies or wards in Tullamore hospital.

The latest trolley watch figures released by the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation reveal that the Midland Regional Hospital Tullamore is the most overcrowded in the country today, Tuesday, May 15.

There are currently 32 patients on trollies in the A&E with a further eight waiting in already full wards at the Offaly hospital which admits patients from Offaly, Laois and surrounding counties. 

Across the border in Portlaoise hospital, 14 patients are awaiting a bed, while there are 23 in a similar situation in Mullingar.

A statement from the Dublin Midland Hospital Group said the Midland Regional Hospital Tullamore has experienced high levels of attendances with many patients requiring admission.

"As a result it said the HSE’s Escalation Policy remains activated at the hospital.

"In order to assist us we are requesting that patients in the first instance, consider using their GP out of hours for medical assessment, where possible.

"The Hospital regrets that any patient should experience delays in accessing In patient beds," said the DMHG.

Portlaoise and Tullamore are parts of the Dublin Midlands Hospital Group which also includes Naas, Tallaght and St James' hospitals. There are 107 patients waiting across the group.

The biggest hospital is the group, St James', has the fewest number of trollies - just five people waiting.

Nationally today, May 15, 494 patients are waiting for a proper bed.