Almost 50 people waiting for beds at Cork hospitals

Almost 50 people waiting for beds at Cork hospitals

44 people are waiting for beds at the emergency department (ED) at Cork University Hospital (CUH); the highest number of patients waiting at any ED in the country.Pic; Larry Cummins

Almost 50 admitted patients are waiting for beds at hospitals in Cork this morning.

That’s according to the latest Trolley Watch report from the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO).

The report shows 44 people are waiting for beds at the emergency department (ED) at Cork University Hospital (CUH); the highest number of patients waiting at any ED in the country.

Five admitted patients are waiting for beds at the Mercy University Hospital.

Nationally, 183 patients are waiting for beds in emergency departments, while 32 are in wards elsewhere in hospitals.

It comes as the latest HSE Operations Report shows that yesterday, 254 general beds were available nationally with four beds available across CUH (1 bed) and the Mercy (3 beds).

Yesterday evening, there were 34 adult critical care beds available around the country. 

However, the HSE report shows that there were no critical care beds available at either CUH or the Mercy Hospital.

This is not the first time this week the report has shown that there were no critical care beds available at the two hospitals.

A spokesperson for the HSE told the Echo earlier this week that “each hospital has a surge plan for the management and placement of critical care patients if and when demand exceeds fixed capacity.

“In the event of such a surge, critical care capacity may be scaled up as needed.

“Additional capacity will be delivered under winter plan 20/21,” she added.

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