Portlaoise hospital one of the 'worst-hit' for patients waiting for beds Christmas week

Michelle Hogan


Michelle Hogan

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New figures released by the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) today, Thursday, December 27 shows that Portlaoise hospital is one of the worst hit with patients waiting for beds. 

The INMO has said that 132 admitted patients are waiting for beds this morning around the country. The trolley watch report says that 111 are waiting in the emergency department, while 21 are in wards elsewhere in the hospital.

The worst-hit hospitals on December 27 are University Hospital Limerick with 24 admitted patients waiting for beds while Tullamore and Portlaoise hospitals have 17 and 14 patients on trolleys, respectively.

Every morning at 8am, INMO members count how many patients are waiting in the Emergency Department for a bed and how many are waiting in wards elsewhere in the hospital.

The INMO Trolley Watch counts the number of patients who have been admitted to acute hospitals, but who are waiting for a free bed. These patients are often being treated on trolleys in corridors, but they may also be on chairs, in waiting rooms, or wherever there’s space.