Level of hospital overcrowding reached record levels last month

381 patients found themselves on trolleys at Tallaght Hospital between January and August of this year.

The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation reports that this up from the 121 during the same period last year.

Nationally, 65,455 patients were treated on trollies in Ireland’s hospitals in the first 8 months of the year, an increase of 7.1%.

These latest trolley/ward watch figures (attached), released yesterday from the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) confirm that the level of hospital overcrowding, which sees admitted patients on trolleys in Emergency Departments or wards, remains at a record high with a 27% increase in August 2017 (7,781) compared to August 2016 (6,136).
The figures were released to coincide with a meeting of the national Emergency Department Implementation group.
Tallaght wasn’t among the worst effected.
The hospitals which experienced the highest levels of overcrowding, in August, were:
– University Hosptial Limerick – 835 (32 in 2007)
– University Hospital, Galway – 643 (123 in 2007)
– South Tipperary General Hospital – 489 (82 in 2007)
– University Hospital Waterford – 486 (0 in 2007)
– Cork University Hospital – 457 (189 in 2007)
– Midland Regional Hospital, Tullamore – 452 (2 in 2007)
– Mater Hospital Dublin – 436 (315 in 2007)
INMO General Secretary, Liam Doran  speaking at the launch of the figures said:
 “There is no doubt that the level of attention required to manage trolley overcrowding has dropped in recent months.  The abnormal, and very harmful and detrimental, effects, of overcrowding, are no longer viewed as requiring urgent action as the HSE focuses on measuring and counting the problem rather than addressing it.
“In the context of successive months, with record levels of overcrowding, serious concerns should be apparent, to all parties attending today’s meeting, as we enter the autumn/winter period.  Management, at all levels, must implement the actions detailed in the taskforce report, on a 24/7 basis and treat this crisis as a national emergency.”