Escalation Policy in place at Tullamore Hospital for sixth time in two weeks

Overcrowding continues at the Midlands hospital

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Tullamore Hospital

Midlands Regional Hospital, Tullamore

The persistent overcrowding affecting the Midlands Regional Hospital continues today as the facility continues to try and accommodate a large number of patients awaiting admission.

As a result, the HSE's Escalation Policy has once again been activated today. It is the sixth time in two weeks that the policy has been put in place at the hospital.

A statement from the hospital today states, "The Midland Regional Hospital Tullamore is experiencing high levels of attendances with many patients requiring admission today (Tuesday 30th May). As a result, the HSE’s Escalation Policy has been activated at the hospital. In order to assist us we are requesting that patients in the first instance, consider using their GP out of hours for medical assessment, where possible. The Hospital regrets that any patient should experience delays in accessing In patient beds."

According to the INMO, 27 patients are awaiting a bed at the A&E department in Tullamore today with 17 of those on trolleys. Across the border in Portlaoise, 10 patients are awaiting a bed while a further 21 are in a similar situation at Mullingar Hospital. 

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