70 patients on trolleys in Galway hospitals today


Overcrowding is continuing to affect patients in University Hospital Galway and Portiuncula University Hospital after the worst November on record for hospitals nationally.

There were 70 people waiting for a bed across the local hospitals this morning, 51 at UHG and 19 at Portiuncula Hospital.

A total of 545 patients were on trolleys nationally this morning, with only University Hospital Limerick and Cork University Hospital recording higher trolley figures than UHG.

The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) said that last month was the worst November on record for overcrowding in Irish hospitals.

Galway’s hospitals had over 1,000 patients on trolleys during the month and UHG was the fifth most overcrowded hospital in the State.
The INMO described November’s overcrowding as “chaotic”, with just two days when there were fewer than 500 people admitted to hospital without an inpatient bed.