HEALTH

Hospital serving north Tipperary most overcrowded today

Anne O'Grady

Reporter:

Anne O'Grady

Trolley watch report

54 people are awaiting beds in University Hospital Limerick

The worst-hit hospital for patients awaiting beds this morning is University Hospital Limerick, which covers north Tipperary.

Nationally 438 admitted patients are waiting for beds this morning, according to today’s INMO Trolley Watch. 314 are waiting in the emergency department, while 124 are in wards elsewhere in the hospital.

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The worst-hit hospitals today are:

University Hospital Limerick - 54
University Hospital Galway - 49
Cork University Hospital - 32

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 simply wherever there’s space. The INMO started Trolley Watch in 2004.