Tullamore remains one of the most overcrowded hospitals in Ireland today

Overcrowding continues to affect the country's hospitals

The latest trolley watch figures released by the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation today have revealed that 26 people are now awaiting a proper bed at the A&E department in Tullamore Hospital, making it the second most overcrowded in the country today.

There are currently 16 patients on trolleys with a further 10 waiting in already full wards at the Midland Regional Hospital, Tullamore. 

The HSE's Escalation Policy was put in place at the hospital earlier this week as the overcrowding issue persists with hospital chiefs urging people to visit their GPs instead of A&E in the case of non-emergencies. 

Across the border in Portlaoise Hospital, 6 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 today with 38 people awaiting a proper bed at their A&E department.

Nationally today, May 25, 438 patients are waiting for a proper bed.

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