Sixty-three patients on trolleys in Galway hospitals today

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University Hospital Galway is yet again the most overcrowded hospital in the State with 59 patients on trolleys today.

There are 478 people across the country waiting for a bed according to the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation.

Fourteen patients at Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe are also on trolleys today.

University Hospital Galway apologised yesterday for long waiting times at its emergency department.

They said that COVID-19 is continuing to affect the hospital, with 49 patients with the virus on Monday night.

Two wards in the hospital are dedicated to care for patients with COVID-19 and a further five wards are affected by outbreaks of COVID-19 – with two closed to admissions –  which is limiting the availability of beds.

The pressure on bed availability has resulted in very high numbers of patients waiting on trolleys in the ED.

In addition, some elective procedures have been cancelled and patients have been contacted directly.