Twenty admitted patients are waiting for beds at hospitals in Cork this morning, a significant drop on the number of patients waiting in recent days.
According to figures from the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO), on Wednesday, 50 people were waiting for beds at the Cork University Hospital (CUH), while yesterday 38 admitted patients were waiting.
The latest Trolley Watch report shows that this morning 17 admitted patients are waiting for beds at the hospital.
Cork University Hospital said yesterday that the hospital is currently "exceptionally busy" due to an increased level of activity and admissions, and that the situation is being treated as a priority by management.
"The situation is compounded due to the closure of 29 ward beds for infection control reasons.
"The increase in attendances has resulted in a large number of very ill medical patients requiring admission," it said in a statement.
The statement added: "Patient care is paramount in CUH and this situation is being treated as a priority by Hospital Management. The hospital ED remains open and any member of the public who is seriously injured will be assessed in the ED and managed appropriately.
"However, hospital management has requested that, where appropriate, the public contact their GP/South Doc/Mercy Urgent Care Centre in the first instance and explore all other options available to them prior to attending the Emergency Department if their needs are not urgent.”
At the Mercy University Hospital, three patients are waiting for beds this morning, down from 13 yesterday.