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Trolley watch: the most depressing updates you'll get today?

Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation new mobile phone updater allows you to see how many patients are on trolleys around the country at any given time. It makes for stark reading.

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Updated 13.48

THE IRISH NURSES and Midwives Organisation dilligently track the number of patients stranded on trolleys in the country’s hospitals every day.

Now they have launched a “new Trolley Watch APP” for web-enabled phones. It’s not a smartphone app exactly – you type http://m.ino.ie/ into the web browser on your phone and a simple home page comes up to show how many patients are on trolleys and how many beds are closed in hospitals at any given time of the day.

It also gives you a breakdown of how many are on trollies in each individual hospital if you click on the Trollies tab. The same applies to bed closures if you click on the Beds tab.

Right now it looks a little like this:

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The full breakdown is available on the INMO website every day.

Today, there are 150 patients on trolleys in the Eastern region and 172 in hospitals around the rest of the country. Beaumont Hospital has most patients on trolleys (32), followed by 28 each in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda and University Hospital Galway. There are 27 on trolleys in St Vincent’s University Hospital in Dublin, and 25 each in Naas General Hospital and the Adelaide & Meath Hospital in Tallaght.

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