The latest Irish Nurses and Midwives Association (INMO) Trolley Watch figures show that A&E overcrowding has surged once more at Tullamore Hospital after easing recently.
The INMO figures suggest that 15 patients are waiting on trolleys or in already full wards at the hospital. 12 of those are waiting on trolleys.
Across the border in Laois, there are also 15 patients in a similar situation on trolleys or in full wards awaiting beds in Portlaoise Hospital, according to the figures released today.
In Mullingar Hospital, 18 patients are on trolleys or in already full wards, ringing the total number of patients without a bed at A&E departments in the midlands to 48.
The highest individual numbers recorded nationwide were in Cork University Hospital where 34 people are waiting on a bed, 21 of whom are on trolleys.
Nationally, according to the INMO figures, 365 patients are waiting for a proper bed at the country's hospitals.
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