INMO

  • 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.

  • 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.

     

     

     

     

  • The overcrowding crisis continues at Galway University Hospital, with 43 patients on trolleys today.

    Yesterday there were 50 patients on trolleys at the Galway Hospital, and the full capacity protocol was put in place, with people urged to contact their GP before attending the Emergency Department.

    Today, there are 465 patients on hospital trolleys across the country, according to the Irish Nurses & Midwives Organisation.

    Galway University Hospital is the third most overcrowded with 43 patients waiting for a bed, with 15 people on trolleys at Sligo University Hospital and 4 at Mayo University Hospital.

     

     

  • There's a warning that overcrowded hospital emergency departments and staff shortages are putting patients at risk.

    The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation say HSE figures show there's a current shortage of over 200 nurses in Emergency Departments countrywide.

    There are 159 unfilled vacancies, while the HSE estimates an additional 57 nurses are required within emergency departments to care for admitted patients for whom there are no beds.

    The INMO says low pay and poor working conditions are making it hard to recruit and retain staff in emergency departments.

    Over this past month, there were over 7,000 admitted patients on hospital trolleys - an increase of 11% on July last year, and the most overcrowded July since records began.

    There were 457 patients on trolleys this month at Galway University Hospital - one of the four most overcrowded hospitals in the country.

    The INMO says overcrowding is now a constant feature of our hospital system - even in Summer.

  • There are 46 patients on trolleys today at Mayo University Hospital which is the second highest number in the country.

    That's according to the latest trolley watch from the INMO, which also shows there are 23 patients on trolleys at University Hospital Galway and 13 patients waiting for admission to a bed today at Sligo University Hospital.

    Nationally there are 373 patients on trolleys.

  • Galway University Hospital is topping the INMO's daily trolley count today, with 52 patients waiting for a bed at the hospital.

    This is the highest figure nationally today, with 475 patients on trolleys at hospitals across the country.

    Sligo University Hospital has 30 patients waiting for a bed, with 14 at Mayo University Hospital and 3 at Portiuncla Hospital in Ballinasloe.

     

     

     

     

     

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Nurses and midwives have voted to go on strike over staff shortages and pay.

    95% of members of the INMO voted in favour of industrial action. 

    The executive will meet on January 7th and 8th to discuss the result and set dates for their 24-hour work stoppages

     

  • Burnout is now said to be commonplace in nursing and midwifery and unless pay is addressed the recruitment and retention crisis will get worse in our hospitals according to the INMO.

     The nurses union was before the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health this week and outlined some disturbing statistics.

    They say that due to low pay it now takes an average of 6 months to recruit just one nurse.

    Some vacancies, even in the emergency departments of our acute hospitals remain unfilled and many nurses are not being replaced during maternity leave.

    Mayo Sinn Fein Senator Rose Conway Walsh is a member of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health and she has been telling Midwest News more about what the nursing union outlined as the working conditions for many hospital nurses.

  • The Emergency Department of Mayo University Hospital is extremely busy this afternoon.

    According to the INMO, there are 26 patients waiting for admission to a bed today at the Castlebar based hospital which has been busy all week.

    Nationally, there are 601 patients waiting on trolleys today with 47 patients on trolleys at University Hospital Galway, which is the highest in the country.

    Elsewhere, there are 20 patients on trolleys at Sligo University Hospital and one patient today at Portiuncula Hospital, Ballinasloe.

  • 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.

  • November was the worst month on record for hospital overcrowding, according to the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation.

    The INMO says nine thousand six hundred and seventy nine patients were forced to wait on trolleys and chairs for beds, the highest number since records began in 2006.

    It says University Hospital Limerick was one of the worst hit with 1 thousand and seventy one patients on trolleys in November, twice the equivalent of the county's total bed capacity.

    Five other hospitals had over 5 hundred patients on trolleys in Cork, Galway, Letterkenny, Tallaght and Tullamore.

    Mayo University Hospital had 303 patients on trolleys for the month of November which is their highest since records began twelve years ago.

    Elsewhere, Sligo University Hospital had 431 patients on trolleys last month, and Portiuncula Hospital had 80 patients on trolleys for the month of November.

  • Hospitals are bracing themselves for another busy day, following record trolley numbers yesterday.

    The HSE has cancelled all non-urgent surgery at hospitals across the country today, in an attempt to reduce the trolley crisis.

    It’s after the INMO reported 714 patients on trolleys and wards nationally yesterday.

    A spokesperson for the Saolta hospital group told Midwest News this morning that while non-urgent electives are cancelled there are some urgent elective procedures proceeding at Mayo University Hospital today.

    She added that patients have been contacted directly in relation to their procedures.

     

  • The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation has criticised the Finance Minister for communicating over the airwaves - rather than meeting them in person.

    The body's responded to Paschal Donohoe, who expressed his disappointment with its decision to ballot for industrial action.

    The INMO has highlighted concerns about understaffing and safety in the health service and wants a 12 per cent pay rise for nurses, which is expected to cost 300 million euro.

    However, the group insists that figure is being exaggerated  by the Department of Finance.

    It says it remains open to meeting Paschal Donohoe.

  • 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.

     

     

  • Nearly 8,000 admitted patients were forced to wait on trolleys and chairs in our hospitals during September.

    The figures released today by the INMO showed that 7,765 admitted patients were treated without hospital beds last month.

    University Hospital Galway was among the worst affected hospitals with 609 patients on trolleys for the month of September.

    INMO Industrial Relations Officer for the Western Region Anne Burke says nearly 8,000 people on trolleys should be regarded as a national crisis.

    She says their members are telling them they can’t go on with this number of unfilled vacancies and it’s not safe for patients or staff.

  • A ballot over strike action is underway among nurses and midwives in a dispute about understaffing and safety in the health service.

    The INMO says low pay is making it impossible to recruit and retain staff, which is risking patient safety, limiting hospital capacity, and contributing to overcrowding.

     Voting will take place in offices, hospitals and workplaces across Ireland until December 13th.

    If the vote is passed, nurses and midwives will stop work for 24 hours.

    Meanwhile, there are 386 patients on hospital trolleys around the country today - including 32 at University Hospital Galway, 21 at Sligo University Hospital and 11 at Mayo University Hospital.