No significant A&E backlog in Offaly after Hurricane Ophelia

The HSE had warned of increased demand

Justin Kelly


Justin Kelly


Today's trolley watch figures released by the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation have revealed that 18 people are awaiting a proper bed at the A&E department in Tullamore Hospital.

The HSE had yesterday warned of a possible strain on A&E services as a result of Hurricane Ophelia.

The 18 people awaiting beds at Tullamore is in line with a regular week at the hospital, and is in fact represents a decrease on last week.

There are currently 11 on trolleys while a further 7 are in already full wards at the Midland Regional Hospital, Tullamore. 

Across the border in Portlaoise Hospital, just 3 patients are awaiting a bed, while there are 15 in a similar situation in Mullingar.

Cork University Hospital is the most overcrowded in the country with 43 people awaiting a proper bed. Cork was the county most affected by Hurricane Ophelia.

Nationally today, October 17, 423 patients are waiting for a proper bed.

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