776 patients on trolleys

ALMOST 800 patients found themselves on trolleys at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda during the month of August, according to the latest figures.

ALMOST 800 patients found themselves on trolleys at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda during the month of August, according to the latest figures.

The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO), found that August 2011 had the highest ever levels of overcrowding in the Drogheda hospital’s Emergency Department for that month in the past five years.

The INMO figures show that 776 patients were put on trolleys instead of beds, nearly three times the 236 patients that were on trolleys in August 2010.

INMO General Secretary, Liam Doran said: “ED overcrowding, and people waiting for a bed on a trolley, is the greatest challenge facing the entire health system every day.”