Overcrowding returns to A&E departments at Laois and Offaly hospitals

Trolley spikes in Tullamore and Portlaoise hospitals

Justin Kelly

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Overcrowding returns to A&E department at Tullamore Hospital

Overcrowding returns to A&E department at Tullamore Hospital

Nearly 50 patients are waiting for beds at hospitals in Laois and Offaly as the summer overcrowding crisis continues.

The latest trolley watch figures released by the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation today have revealed that 27 people are now awaiting a proper bed at the A&E department in the Midland Regional Hospital Tullamore.

Across the border in the Midland Regional Hospital Portlaoise, 20 patients are awaiting a bed.

There are currently 17 patients on trolleys with a further 10 waiting in already full wards in Tullamore while all the Portlaoise patients were on trollies.

There are a total of 61 across all three Midlands hospitals with 14 waiting in Mullingar which is part of seperate hospital group.

University Hospital Limerick is the most overcrowded in the country today with 44 people awaiting a proper bed at their A&E department.

Nationally today, June 14, 376 patients are waiting for a proper bed.