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# Trolley Watch

Last week
3rd December 2023 - 9th December 2023
Health Minister unable to commit to HSE trolley target over the winter months
Under a recently published HSE plan, no more than 320 people should be waiting for beds on trolleys each day.
This year
University Limerick Hospital group issues apology over record-breaking overcrowding levels
The hospital group said overcrowding levels are ‘far in excess of where we want to be’.
Worst August for hospital overcrowding since 2004, sparking fears for winter ahead
The INMO is of the view that the situation in Ireland’s hospitals is not being met with the “urgency or focus required”.
Consultants say staffing plan is needed for €1 billion hospital bed-building initiative to work
The IHCA has said that there is a danger this plan will fall at the first hurdle is it is not accompanied with a time-bound staffing plan.
Fine Gael TD Joe Carey waiting on trolley at University Hospital Limerick since Saturday
Overcrowding at UHL has been an ongoing issue in recent months.
Mater Hospital advises patients to avoid its emergency department 'where possible'
A statement issued this evening said the hospital’s ‘services are under extreme pressure due to the large volume of patients’.
Last year
Mater restricts visits due to high levels of respiratory infections as 'record' overcrowding hits hospitals
It’s the joint-highest number of patients without a bed that the organisation has ever recorded.
Nurses warn of 'dangerous situation' at Cork hospital as trolley figures hit 16-year high
84 people were waiting for admission to Cork University Hospital this morning.
All time
Number of patients on hospital trolleys hits highest level since pandemic began
Today’s trolley figures have returned to similar pre-pandemic figures hit in 2019.
Limerick Hospital records highest daily trolley figure ever with 95 patients waiting for beds
409 admitted patients were waiting for beds in hospitals across the country this morning.
Total number of patients without hospital beds soars to 100,000
This is only the second time that the annual figures have surpassed 100,000.
'Beyond crisis point': Limerick hospital breaks record for number of patients waiting on trolleys
Last month, Limerick had over 1,400 patients without beds.
INMO reveals 'worst ever' July for Emergency Department as 9,439 waited for a bed
Among the 9,439 patients were 45 children.
Worst April on record as 10,000 people forced to wait on hospital trolleys and chairs last month
Some 106 children were among those waiting without a bed.
Harris to raise issue of 'significant discrepancy' in trolley count at meeting between INMO and HSE
There were 81 patients waiting on trolleys at University Hospital Limerick according to the INMO.
'A national crisis': Almost 8,000 people forced to wait on hospital trolleys and chairs last month
Some 68 children were among those waiting without a bed, according to the INMO.
'It's absolutely deplorable': Record-breaking 714 people on trolleys in Irish hospitals this morning
University Hospital Limerick saw the highest figures today, with 80 patients awaiting a bed.
'It's a wake-up call': 73 children on trolleys in emergency depts so far this year
The Irish Nurses and Midwives’ Association has just launched a new trolley watch system – where it counts how many children are on trolleys in EDs.
More than 2,400 people on trolleys in first week of 2018
Nursing representatives met with HSE officials earlier today to see how hospital overcrowding can be reduced.
'No effort being spared' says Health Minister after trolley numbers reach record high
A record high of 656 people were waiting on trolleys as 2018 began, according to the INMO.
There were over 50,000 people on hospital trolleys in the first six months of 2017
The INMO said that this was further evidence that our health service “simply cannot cope with the demands”.
How Ireland's hospitals are massaging the numbers of people on trolleys
A number of senior staff members have come forward to highlight how it’s done.
There has actually been a slight drop in people on hospital trolleys this year
While the numbers on trolleys is down 1% this year, figures for November were described as “particularly alarming”.
SuperValu is still Ireland's favourite supermarket - but Lidl is reaching record highs
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There's to be a 'zero tolerance' approach to patients waiting in emergency departments
It’s among a rang of rules to help fight hospital overcrowding.
Dublin hospital has highest number of patients on trolleys
The INMO has said the latest trolley figures are “a damning indictment of our society”.
Leo understands the distress that hospital overcrowding causes you
He said that he isn’t “trying to make out everything is rosy in the garden” of the Irish health service
Leo Varadkar 'needs to stop being a commentator'
The Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has slammed the Health Minister in the wake of the hospital overcrowding crisis.
Over 600 patients are waiting for hospital beds around the country
This comes after news of planned industrial action at Beaumont Hospital – one of the worst affected by overcrowding.
Just 42 people on trolleys but 'one snowflake doesn't make a white Christmas'
The numbers are down significantly on last year when 107 people spent Christmas on trolleys in hospitals around the country.
New 'Ward Watch' figures show increase in patients placed in wards
Liam Doran of the INMO said that the figures showed that “the reduction in trolley numbers is completely offset by the placing of additional patients, on inpatient wards.”
Nurses to track hospital overcrowding
The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) is to launch Ward Watch, a new initiative, this morning.
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.
Tallaght Hospital staff told to urgently discharge patients to alleviate overcrowding
Hospital CEO sent text message to staff this morning, calling for immediate discharges after 35 patients were kept on trolleys there yesterday.
2010 was the worst year for overcrowding in hospitals
The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation says the problem has increased by over a third over the past five years.
HSE orders 100,000 extra flu vaccines
Meanwhile, Fine Gael’s health spokesman has warned that overcrowding in hospitals will cause infections to spread rapidly and will gravely endanger the lives of the seriously ill.
Trolley wait hits record numbers
The largest ever number of hospital patients to be treated on trolleys was recorded today, a full 10% higher than yesterday.