INMO slams trolley crisis in Lourdes Hospital

OVERCROWDING in the Emergency Department of Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda has reached unprecedented levels, according to the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO).

OVERCROWDING in the Emergency Department of Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda has reached unprecedented levels, according to the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO).

Fifty patients were being cared for on trolleys yesterday morning (Tuesday, January 11) in the Drogheda hospital.

"The equivalent of two full wards are waiting for admission in the Emergency Department," said INMO Industrial Relations Officer, Tony Fitzpatrick.

"The situation is extremely dangerous for patients and staff and the INMO is calling for the hospital to be taken off call immediately.

"The Organisation has also called for an urgent meeting with management, who had given commitments that efficiencies would be put in place to alleviate over-crowding when they went ahead with re-configuration in the North East.

"The INMO predicted that the levels of overcrowding would increase when beds were closed and hospitals downgraded across."

l Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda