Trolley crisis in Tullamore.
The summer overcrowding crisis at Tullamore hospital is showing little signs of easing with more patients waiting for beds at the main midlands hospital than the combined total at three other hospitals in the HSE's Dublin Midlands Hospital Group (DMHG), according to the daily count of trollies by nurses.
Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation figures for Tuesday, May 22 show that there were 39 people deployed on trolleys or temporarily on wards at the Midland Regional Hospital, Tullamore. The Midland Regional Hospital in Portlaoise had 11 patients in a similar situation on Tuesday morning.
Tullamore has the fourth highest trolley count on May 22 behind Limerick, Galway and Cork hospitals.
Tullamore is part of the DMHG which also includes Portlaoise, Tallaght, St James and Naas hospitals. The total waiting at these hospitals was 32 with Tallaght having the highest number with 25. Naas has three people waiting while St James', the country's biggest hospital, has six.
A week ago there on May 16 show that there were 135 people waiting on A&E trolleys or temporarily in wards for beds at hospitals in the Dublin Midlands Hospital Group. There were also 39 patients waiting in Tullamore on May 16.
The HSE had to activiate its Escalation Policy twice last week in Tullamore due to 'high levels of attendances with many patients requiring admission today'.
Siptu is set to mount a protest in Tullamore this week. The trade union says its members who are staff at the main midlands hospital can no longer cope.
A HSE plan to downgrade Portlaoise hospital would see many patients diverted to Tullamore.
Going into late May there were 458 patients waiting on Tuesday at hospitals around Ireland.
All patients on trolleys or on wards have been diganosed with conditions which require hospital treatment. Most patients who attend A&E are discharged without admission being required.
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