INMO

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

     

  • 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.

     

     

  • Nurses and midwives are gathering in protest at hospitals across the country, demanding the HSE make plans for the expected winter increase in patients.

    INMO figures show that August was the worst on record for overcrowding, with hundreds of vacant nursing posts in emergency departments and wards across Ireland.

    The INMO revealed last week that the HSE still does not have a plan to recruit extra staff or reduce services to cope with the demand.

    Nurses and midwives are protesting this lunchtime at the Main Entrance of University Hospital Galway.

  • Nurses at hospitals in Cork, Galway and Limerick are to hold lunchtime protests this week.

    It's in response to problems of staff shortages and overcrowding at emergency departments facing many hospitals around the country.

    It follows a meeting between the Irish Nurses and Midwives organisation and the HSE yesterday.

    In the meeting, the health service revealed they had no emergency department plan for the coming winter while

    Other issues surrounding filling positions for those on maternity leave were also highlighted.

     

  • Nurses have warned that the conditions endured by patients in hospital Emergency Departments are in danger of getting worse next winter.

    Speaking at the Oireachtas Health Committee yesterday, unions expressed fears that an extra 600 beds which are promised to cope with winter overcrowding will not be in place.

    Phil Ni Sheaghdha,General Secretary of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation, said there were scores of patients on trolleys again yesterday despite the good weather. She said patients and nurses "face massive overcrowding in emergency departments, with a record high of 714 patients on trolleys one day this year".

    She said that Irish nursing wages simply aren't at the races when it comes to the international job market, and that delays in recruiting new nurses will cause more overcrowding in emegency departments this winter....

  • 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.

     

     

     

  • Hospital overcrowding is now out of control, according to the INMO, with a record 1,718 patients on trolleys in the first 3 days of this week.

    Galway University Hospital was the third most overcrowded between last Monday and Wednesday, with 125 people waiting for a bed over the 3 days.

    The INMO says these figures confirm that demand for emergency admissions continues to grow, with hospitals unable to provide the necessary capacity in terms of beds or staff.

    INMO General Secretary Phil Ní Sheaghda says we are now in the second week of April, and the numbers on trolleys are getting higher.

    She’s calling for the Government to recognise that the health service is in crisis, and requires immediate intervention.

    Meanwhile, Taoiseach Leo Varadker is visiting Galway University Hospital this afternoon.

    There are 26 patients on trolleys at the Galway Hospital today, with 25 at Sligo University Hospital, 13 at Mayo University Hospital and 5 on trolleys at Portiuncla Hospital in Ballinasloe.

    Across the country today, the total trolley count is 548 – an increase of almost 60% on this day last year.

     

  • The trolley crisis in hospital emergency departments is not over, with 500 patients on trolleys today – that’s according to the General Secretary of the INMO Phil Ní Sheaghda.

    With trolley figures on the rise after the Bank Holiday weekend, she says hospitals are still in crisis and she’s calling on the HSE to continue curtailing services to allow hospitals deal with the high numbers on trolleys.

    University Hospital Galway has the third highest number of patients on trolleys today at 41, with 16 on trolleys at Mayo University Hospital, 14 at Sligo hospital and 5 at Portiuncla in Ballinasloe.

     

     

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

    According to the INMO, the worst affected is Cork University Hospital where 63 people are waiting for beds. 

    It's followed by University Hospital Galway where 50 patients are on trolleys.

    There are 27 patients waiting on trolleys today at Sligo University Hospital.

    There are 15 patients waiting on trolleys at Mayo University Hospital and 4 at Portiuncula Hospital, Ballinasloe.