18 patients are on trolleys today at Mayo University Hospital, waiting for admission to a bed.

The latest trolley count from the Irish Nurses & Midwives Organisation shows 203 patients on trolleys across the country including 15 at Sligo University Hospital and 18 at Mayo University Hospital - down one from yesterday's figure.

Meanwhile, the Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has confirmed that the long-awaited temporary modular unit, to relieve pressure on the Emergency Department at Mayo University Hospital, will be onsite in early November.

The modular unit was promised a number of years ago to provide extra capacity, given the regular overcrowding at the Emergency Department.

Mayo FG Deputy Alan Dillon says a feasibility study is taking place in regard to developing a new 50-bed ward block at the Castlebar hospital, but in the meantime, the long-awaited temporary modular unit will be in place in early November.....

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