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Beaumont Hospital only admitting 'urgent' emergency cases due to overcrowding

Yesterday there were 45 people on trolleys.

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BEAUMONT HOSPITAL IS limiting the number of admissions to the emergency department this weekend due to overcrowding.

The hospital, which is one of Dublin’s busiest, has been forced to take such action due to the high volume of people waiting on trolleys.

Trolleys

The latest trolley watch figures shows that there were 45 people on trolleys in Beaumont Hospital yesterday.

Patients are being asked to avoid the emergency department, with the hospital only admitting urgent cases. Some ambulances bound for Beaumont are also being diverted.

Speaking to Newstalk, the director of nursing at Beaumont, Sheila McGuinness said that some elective surgeries scheduled for next week have also been cancelled. 

The Irish Nurses and Midwifes Organisation (INMO) have said that the situation is “unsafe” and that staff are at “breaking point”.

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