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22/09/2021

Trolley figures soar at Kilkenny hospital as INMO 'extremely concerned' at national picture

National overcrowding figure of 464 is the highest one-day total since the pandemic began

Large number on trolleys

File picture: Large number on trolleys

There are 25 patients on trolleys and wards at St Luke's Hospital in Kilkenny today, according to the latest figures from the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation.

It's an increase on figures from the previous week and is broadly in line with a surge in overcrowding in several hospitals around the country. Nationally, there were 379 patients are waiting in the emergency department, while 85 were in wards elsewhere in hospitals this morning. That combined figure of 464 is the highest number of patients on trolleys in one day since the start of the pandemic.

The INMO Executive Council is extremely concerned at these exceptionally high numbers and says it will be discussing the matter at a meeting tomorrow.

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