Summer hospital trolley crisis sees 100 patients waiting at Dublin, Kildare, Laois, Offaly hospitals

Escalation policy activated once more in Tullamore

Conor Ganly

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Trolley crisis

Nearly 100 patients waiting at Dublin Midlands hospitals.

More than 100 people are on A&E trollies or somewhere in wards at hospitals under the supervision of the HSE's Dublin Midlands Hospital Group (DMHG) according to the latest figures from nurses.

The overcrowding situation has forced managment at one of the hospitals to activate its escalation policy for the third day running.

The DMHG includes hospitals in Dublin, Kildare, Laois and Offaly.

Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation trolley watch figures for Wednesday, May 30 reveal that there are 101 patients spread across the hospitals. Portlaoise has 10, Tullamore has 27, Tallaght has 28, Naas has 29. St James' is the biggest hospital in the group and country - it has seven patients on trollies.

Managment has been forced to activate its escalation policy several times in recent weeks. This week it has been forced to do so for the third day running.

The DMHG said the Midland Regional Hospital Tullamore is experiencing high levels of attendances with many patients requiring admission today Wednesday 30th May. 

"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 statment.

Nationally, there are 446 people on trollies or beds waiting for admission. Cork University Hospital is the worst hit with 51 patients waiting.

Anyone on a trolley or accomodated temporarily in some other part of a hospital has been deemed ill enough to require hospital care. Most patients who attend A&E are discharged.