hospital trolleys

  • The number of patients on trolleys at Mayo University Hospital today has halved since yesterday, according to the latest figures from the INMO.

    There were 31 patients on trolleys at the Castlebar hospital yesterday - the highest number in the Western region.

    Today's Trolley Watch reports 16 patients on trolleys at both Mayo and Sligo University Hospitals, with 8 at UHG.

    Nationally, there are 469 patients waiting for a hospital bed this lunchtime - down from 505 yesterday.

    Meanwhile, the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation are meeting with the HSE this afternoon to try and avert strike action.

    It's the latest attempt for both sides to reach agreement in the row over pay and recruitment.

    Nurses and midwives are due to stage the first of 6 strikes next Wednesday 30th January.

  • 2018 has seen the worst October on record for hospital overcrowding, with 9,055 admitted patients forced to wait on trolleys and chairs for beds in hospitals right across the country.
     
    This is over twice (+124%) the numbers on trolleys when the INMO Trolley Watch began in 2006. 

    Sligo University Hospital has seen a dramatic rise in the number of patients on trolleys last month, compared to the same month last year. The figure has jumped to 454 from 193.
     
    University Hospital Limerick had over a thousand patients on trolleys last month – the highest in the country. This is the equivalent of Limerick’s total bed capacity twice over.
     
    Five hospitals saw over 500 patients on trolleys last month including  University Hospital Galway at  716, that’s up from 679 in October 2017.

    There were 166 patients waiting on trolleys at Mayo University Hospital last month, up from 152 last year.

    Ballymote based Fianna Fail councillor Keith Henry is a member of the HSE West Forum and he says the figures in Sligo are of concern to the people of the region, considering that the situation is set to get much worse when the flu/ winter season peaks.

  • There are 21 patients on trolleys today at University Hospital Galway.

    That’s according to the latest trolley watch from the INMO.

    16 patients are waiting for admission to a bed today at Mayo University Hospital while there are nine patients on trolleys today at Sligo University Hospital.

  • 522 people are waiting on trolleys in hospitals across the country today. 

    According to the INMO, the worst affected is University Hospital Limerick where 68 people are waiting for beds. 

    The second most-overcrowded is University Hospital Galway, where 37 patients are on trolleys.

    There are 16 patients waiting for a bed at Mayo University Hospital, 12 in Sligo and 2 on trolleys at Portiuncla Hospital in Ballinasloe.

     

     

     

     

  • There are 548 people on trolleys at hospitals across the country today, according to the latest figures from the INMO.

    University Hospital Limerick is the most over-crowded with 61 patients waiting for a bed, followed by Sligo University Hospital with 39 patients on trolleys.

    There are 34 people waiting for a bed at Galway University Hospital, 18 at Mayo University Hospital and 15 at Portiuncla in Ballinasloe.

     

  • The number of patients on trolleys at hospitals across the country today has risen to 617.

    Cork University Hospital is the worst affected, with 55 people awaiting a bed, according to the INMO.

    That's followed by 51 at University Hospital Limerick and 48 at South Tipperary General Hospital.

    In this region, there are 41 patients waiting for a bed at both Sligo and Galway University Hospitals.

    13 patients are on trolleys at Portiuncla in Ballinasloe, and 9 at Mayo University Hospital.

     

    Meanwhile the INMO says the risk of further industrial action by nurses has not been eliminated.

    The union yesterday objected strongly at the Labour Court to controversial management proposals for a new contract, which included major changes to existing shift patterns and the right to redeploy nursing staff by up to 40km during shifts.

    Speaking after the hearing, INMO general secretary Phil Ni Sheaghdha said if industrial action was reinstated, it would be because of the employers' insistence on imposing what she called a "punitive" contract.

    She claimed the proposed shift changes and redeployment were not necessary, and would worsen recruitment and retention difficulties.

     

     

     

  • University Hospital Galway has the highest number of patients on trolleys today according to the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation.

    There are 43 patients waiting for a hospital bed at the Galway facility today, with the same number on trolleys at Cork University Hospital.

    Elsewhere there are 16 patients on trolleys at Sligo University Hospital, 12 at Mayo University Hospital and 7 at Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe.

    Nationally there are 465 patients waiting on a trolley for a hospital bed today.

  • There are 44 patients on trolleys at University Hospital Galway today.

    That is the third highest figure in the country.

    University Hospital Limerick has 50 patients on trolleys snad Cork University Hospital 45.

    Elsewhere there are 28 patients on hospital trolleys at Sligo University Hospital today and 4 at Mayo University Hospital.

    Nationally there are 443 patients on hospital trolleys today.

     

     

     

  • There are almost 600 patients on trolleys at hospitals across the country today, according to the Irish Nurses & Midwives Organisation, which is preparing to ballot its members on industrial action.

    In this region, the highest number on trolleys is at Sligo University Hospital, where 45 patients are waiting for admission to a bed.

    There are 35 patients on trolleys at Galway University Hospital and 10 patients waiting for a bed at Mayo University Hospital.

     

    The Irish Medical Organisation claims a lack of beds and resources, rather than doctors and nurses on Christmas holidays, are causing overcrowding in hospitals.

    The IMO was responding to comments the Taoiseach made yesterday, that nurses and hospital consultants should not take holidays in early January.

    Mr Varadkar told the Dail that a new HSE winter plan is needed where hospitals are not effectively closed for seven of the 12 days over Christmas and New Year.

    The Taoiseach said that, in such a plan “consultants would not be on holidays in the first week of the year, particularly those who work in emergency departments and nurses will not be on leave in the first two weeks of January”.

    He said radiology departments and laboratories should be open and operating “at full whack” over Christmas and new year.

    However, Dr Peader Gilligan President of the Irish Medical Organisation said blaming doctors and nurses for the failures of the health system was not appropriate - when the reality is that the lack of capacity is the reason for overcrowding.

  • Despite the Summer season, overcrowding continues at hospitals across the country with 458 people on trolleys today, according to the INMO.

    Galway University Hospital is the second most overcrowded, with 50 patients waiting for admission to a bed.

    The busiest is University Hospital Limerick with 56 patients on trolleys.

    Elsewhere in this region, there are 16 on trolleys at Sligo University Hospital,  4 at Mayo University Hospital and 1 at Portiuncla Hospital.

     

     

     

     

  • The number of people on hospital trolleys has hit 631 today - the highest figure recorded so far this year.

    University Hospital Limerick is again the most over-crowded with 55 patients waiting on a bed.

    That's followed by 50 patients on trolleys at Sligo University Hospital, according to the INMO.

    There are 37 patients waiting for a bed at University Hospital Galway and 15 at Mayo University Hospital.

     

     

  • There are 53 patients on trolleys at University Hospital Galway this afternoon, the second highest figure in the country.

    The highest number of patients on trolleys is at Cork University Hospital today, with the figure standing at 54.

    Nationally there are 511 patients on trolleys this afternoon.

    There are 30 patients on trolleys at Sligo University Hospital, 24 at Mayo University Hospital and none at Portiuncla Hospital in Ballinasloe.

  • The number of patients on hospital trolleys across the country has increased significantly this week, compared to last week.

    Today, there are 565 patients waiting for a bed - with 583 on trolleys yesterday and 565 on Monday.

    Last week's trolley figures were between 300 and 400.

    The INMO figures show Galway University Hospital is the third most-overcrowded today with 44 patients on trolleys, while there are 22 waiting for a bed at Sligo University Hospital and 13 at Mayo University Hospital.

    The ongoing overcrowding and the pressure this is putting on nursing staff are among the reasons INMO members are taking strike action later this month.

    Nurses will go on a 24-hour strike on Wednesday 30th January - three weeks from today - with 5 further days of strike action planned for February.

    The union says members are fed up dealing with low pay and poor working conditions.

    However, the Irish Patients Association says patients lives are at risk if the proposed strike by nurses goes ahead at the end of the month.

  • There are 585 patients on trolleys in hospitals today, 129 fewer than the record high of 714 on Monday.

    In this region, there are 37 patients on trolleys at Galway University Hispital, 19 at Mayo University Hospital, 20 at Sligo Hospital and 16 at Portiuncla in Ballinasloe.

    This week’s surge in trolley figures has prompted the Health Minister Simon Harris to forego his St Patrick's Day trip abroad, saying it wouldn't be right to travel during a "difficult week".

    The Taoiseach says the government is working on improving the healthcare system.

    But Leo Varadkar says he won't be cutting his US trip short to come home and deal with the crisis:

  • The number of patients on trolleys at Irish hospitals today has reached 643.

    According to the Irish Nurses & Midwives Organisation, there are 27 patients waiting for admission to a bed at both Sligo and Galway University Hospitals, with 7 on trolleys at Mayo University Hospital and 18 at Portiuncla in Ballinasloe.

    Meanwhile, the Health Minister Simon Harris has said he will offer every student nurse and midwife a full-time, permanent job once they graduate.

    Minister Harris has tweeted to say that letter is on its way to each one of them.

    He posted that the HSE will need more and more front-line staff as they plan for more beds and facilities.

  • There are 649 people waiting on trolleys at hospitals across the country today, according to the latest trolley watch from the Irish Nurses & Midwives Organisation.

    Yesterday, levels reached a new record high of 714.

    Today, there are 28 patients on trolleys at Galway University Hospital, 21 in Sligo, 19 at Mayo University Hospital and 13 at Portiuncla in Ballinasloe.

    The worst affected is University Hospital Limerick where there are 58 people waiting for a hospital bed.

    The HSE has announced that non-urgent elective surgery is being cancelled at hospitals across the county, as they try and tackle the backlog of patients on trolleys.

    A spokesperson for the Saolta Hospital Group told Midwest News today that while non-urgent electives are cancelled at Mayo University Hospital, some urgent elective procedures are proceeding.

    The spokesperson said patients have been contacted directly in relation to their procedures.

    At Galway University Hospital , some non-urgent surgeries scheduled for today have been deferred.

    Affected patients are being contacted directly, so those who have not heard from their hospital should attend for their appointment as scheduled.

  • Fianna Fail is calling on the government to take action before waiting times in hospital emergency departments over the winter months spiral out of control.

    Department of Health figures released to the party show that almost ten thousand elderly people have been waiting on trolleys in Emergency Departments for more than 24 hours in the first eight months of the year.

    That's an increase of around six hundred compared to November last year with fears the numbers could rise to 14 thousand over the next few months.

    There are 33 patients on trolleys today at University Hospital Galway according to the latest trolley watch from the INMO.

    There are twelve patients on trolleys at Sligo University Hospital. five at Mayo University Hospital while there are four patients waiting on trolleys today at Portiuncula  Hospital in Ballinasloe.

  • Management at University Hospital Galway have apologised for delays in the Emergency Department today, due to a high volume of patients attending.

    There were 45 patients on trolleys at the Galway hospital earlier today according to the INMO – second only to Limerick University Hospital which had 80 patients on trolleys.

    Management say there are a number of reasons for the high volume of patients attending the Emergency Dept in Galway – including the high level of flu in the community, and an increase in the number of elderly patients attending.

    While apologising to patients and their families for the distress and inconvenience, management have also acknowledged the difficult situation for staff, and thanked them for their continued dedication to patient care.

    They’re continuing to implement a number of measures to try to manage the high level of attendances, and say all efforts continue to be made to identify patients who are appropriate for discharge.

    Hospital management are encouraging people to consider all options available to them for their healthcare needs and to protect the ED for those most seriously ill.

     

     

  • The number of patients on hospital trolleys across the country has exceeded 500 today.

    The Irish Nurses & Midwives Organisation is reporting 503 patients on trolleys, with the highest number - 51 - at University Hospital Limerick.

    The second most overcrowded is Galway University Hospital, with 47 patients waiting for a bed, while there are 26 patients on trolleys at Mayo University Hosptial and 24 at Sligo University Hospital.

     

     

  • The number of patients on hospital trolleys has risen over the 700-mark today, making it one of the busiest days since records began.

    According to the latest trolley watch from the INMO, there are 714 patients on trolleys at hospitals across the country.

    University Hospital Limerick is the most-overcrowded with 80 patients on trolleys, followed by Galway University Hospital where 45 patients are on trolleys.

    There are 35 patients waiting for a bed this lunchtime at Sligo University Hospital and 24 at Mayo University Hospital, with 13 people on trolleys at Portiuncla Hospital in Ballinasloe.