The latest Irish Nurses and Midwives Association (INMO) Trolley Watch figures show that A&E overcrowding has surged once more at Tullamore Hospital after easing last week.
The INMO figure suggest that 28 patients are waiting on trolleys or in already full wards for a bed at the Midlands Regional Hospital in Tullamore. 18 of these patients are on trolleys in the hospital's A&E department.
Across the border in Laois, just 5 patients are in a similar awaiting beds in Portlaoise Hospital, according to the figures released today.
In Mullingar Hospital, 8 patients are on trolleys or in already full wards.
The highest individual numbers recorded nationwide were in University Hospital Galway where 47 people are waiting on a bed, the majority of which (32) are on trolleys.
Nationally, according to the INMO figures, 320 patients are waiting for a proper bed at the country's hospitals.
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