Huge surge in patients on trolleys at St Luke's as a number of 'seriously ill' elderly people admitted

Figures from INMO have almost doubled at Kilkenny hospital in past 24 hours

Sam Matthews

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Large number on trolleys in Kilkenny Hospital

IEHG: 'This is a challenging time for our hospital but thanks to the huge efforts of our frontline staff, patients are continuing to receive safe care during this period'

There's been a significant spike in overcrowding at St Luke's Hospital in Kilkenny today, with Trolleywatch figures from the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) almost doubling overnight.

The hospital has seen an influx of 'seriously ill' people, most of whom are over the age of 75, in the past 24 hours. There are 43 patients on trolleys and wards today at the local hospital, according to the INMO. That's up from 24 yesterday (Thursday) and 18 on Wednesday. On Monday, it was 11.

A statement from the Ireland East Hospital Group confirmed the hospital is 'very busy', and asked people to keep Emergency Department services for the patients who need them most.

"We have admitted a lot of seriously ill patient in the last 24 hours, most of which are of 75 years of age or older presenting with respiratory and other complex illnesses," said the statement.

"We apologise for the distress or inconvenience caused to patients or their loved ones who are experiencing long wait times.  We are working closely with our GEMS Service Improvement team and with our community partners to discharge patients as soon as possible and where appropriate to do so."

"We are asking people to think about all their care and treatment options, the length of time you may be waiting in ED should you not require urgent care and we would ask that people keep our ED services for the patients who need them most. However, if you are seriously injured or ill the ED will assess and treat you as a priority.

"This is a challenging time for our hospital but thanks to the huge efforts of our frontline staff, patients are continuing to receive safe care during this period."