UHG remains second most overcrowded hospital with 54 patients on trolleys today

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Fifty-four people at University Hospital Galway are on trolleys this morning waiting for a bed as the level of overcrowding at the hospital continues to increase.

Only University Hospital Limerick has more patients on trolleys today, with 90 patients there waiting for a bed.

Both UHG and Portiuncula Hospital issued statements earlier this week warning of significant delays in their accident and emergency departments.

Over 250 people attended the emergency department at UHG on Monday and the hospital urged the public to contact their GP or Westdoc if their health problems were not urgent.

A total of 470 patients are on trolleys in hospitals nationally today, according to the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation.

As of 8pm on Wednesday evening, 35 people with COVID were receiving treatment at UHG, while Portiuncula Hospital had 13 confirmed cases.