University Hospital Galway is the second most overcrowded hospital in the state today with 43 people waiting on trolleys.
This comes a week after the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation released figures showing that January was the the worst beginning to the year ever experienced at UHG for overcrowding.
Nationally, the figure for today is 594. At Cork University Hospital, 45 patients are waiting on trolleys.
Last week, Phil Ni Sheaghdha, INMO General Secretary said: “This is an incredible level of overcrowding and the appalling conditions experienced in Emergency Departments are now beyond anything we have ever seen. It now amounts to a humanitarian crisis for patients and a risk rich environment for those trying to work in such chaotic conditions”