University Hospital Limerick has recorded its highest ever daily trolley figure with 95 patients waiting for beds. According to the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO), a total of 409 admitted patients were waiting for beds in hospitals across the country this morning.
There are 319 patients waiting in Emergency Departments while 90 are in wards elsewhere in hospitals. A total of 95 patients are on trolleys in University Hosptial Limerick, 69 are in the emergency department and 26 are in wards elsewhere in the hospital.
The hospital issued a statement where it apologised “to all patients who are facing long wait times for a bed at University Hospital Limerick”.
The statement added, “The hospital remains under severe pressure as a result of sustained, record-breaking activity levels at our Emergency Department and a surge in Covid-19 activity over the last number of weeks”.
The hospital group stated that average daily presentations to the Emergency Department since the 8th of November have been 241.
For two days over the past week, presentations exceeded 270, compared to 195 during the year 2019.
As of yesterday, there were 45 Covid-19 inpatients being treated in the hospital with 13 receiving critical care.
The hospital is urging members of the public to consider all available care options before presenting to the Emergency Department.
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