23 May 2022

High number of patients without a bed recorded at St. Luke's Hospital, Kilkenny today

More than 30 patients waiting for a bed at St. Luke's Hospital, Kilkenny

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Figures from the INMO show  that 33 patients are waiting on a bed at St Luke's Hospital today.

Twenty-one are in the Emergency Department and thirteen are on wards elsewhere, according to Trolley Watch.

Overcrowding has been a major issue in hospitals across the country in recent weeks.

The INMO recently warned that the national situation was 'out of control' and called for direct intervention from the HSE and the Minister for Health.

"It is unacceptable to our members that this level of overcrowding is allowed to continue while Covid is still a very real feature in our hospitals, INMO General Secretary, Phil Ní Sheaghdha said.

"Time and time again, our members have called for real and meaningful action to curb the overcrowding crisis in our hospitals. 

"We cannot go back to business as usual in our hospitals as society begins to reopen. Non-emergency care must be curtailed in our hospitals until the end of February to allow nurses and midwives to have some chance of doing their jobs safely."

How INMO Trolley Watch works:

Every morning at 8am, INMO members count how many patients are waiting in the Emergency Department for a bed and how many are waiting in wards elsewhere in the hospital.

The INMO Trolley Watch counts the number of patients who have been admitted to acute hospitals, but who are waiting for a free bed.

These patients are often being treated on trolleys in corridors, but they may also be on chairs, in waiting rooms, or simply wherever there’s space. 

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