INMO: 37 patients on trolleys and wards at St Luke's Hospital, Kilkenny today

Trolleywatch figures suggest significant overcrowding

Sam Matthews

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Sam Matthews

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sam.matthews@kilkennypeople.ie

37 people on trolleys and wards in Kilkenny hospital today

FILE PIC: 37 people on trolleys and wards in Kilkenny hospital today

St Luke's General Hospital in Kilkenny is the second-most overcrowded hospital in the country today, according to the latest figures from the INMO's Trolleywatch.

The daily figures for the local hospital show 37 patients waiting on trolleys and wards, up from 32 on Friday. The only hospital with higher trolley and ward watch figures is University Hospital Limerick.

Overcrowding has been a significant issue this year, with ward closures due to renovation works exacerbating problems.

This year has been the worst year so far for overcrowding at St Luke's General Hospital in Kilkenny since INMO data collection began, with record numbers left without a bed in 2017. Between January and July, a total of 2,456 patients were waiting on trolleys and wards - an increase of 497 people on the number for the same period last year.