BREAKING: Escalation Policy put in place at Tullamore Hospital

High numbers awaiting admission

Justin Kelly

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BREAKING: Escalation Policy put in place at Tullamore Hospital

Midlands Regional Hospital, Tullamore

The Midland Regional Hospital Tullamore has activated its escalation policy as a result of the high numbers of patients seeking admission.

The latest INMO Trolley Watch figures show that 21 patients are awaiting admission on trolleys at the Offaly hospital, while a further four are waiting in already full wards. 

In a statement, the hospital said, "Tullamore Hospital is very busy today, Thursday, October 11, with many patients requiring admission. The escalation policy is activated and patients are being advised that they will experience delays as the hospital manages the peak in attendance and additional demand on the service."

"The Hospital regrets any delays experienced by our patients. The Hospital is continuing to implement measures so that patients can transfer to wards and hospital beds as quickly as possible and are working with Community Health Organisations to minimise discharge delays for patients," the spokesperson continued. 

Tullamore is the most overcrowded hospital in the Midlands today. There are currently 11 patients on trolleys in Portlaoise and 13 in Mullingar.