Thirty people are waiting for beds at hospitals in Cork this morning, with Cork University Hospital’s emergency department the busiest department in the country for the fourth day running.
The latest figures from the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation’s (INMO) Trolley Watch show 26 people are waiting for beds at the emergency department at CUH.
Twenty-six patients are also waiting for beds at University Hospital Limerick with 15 of those patients waiting for beds at the hospital’s emergency department and another 11 waiting in wards at the hospital.
Elsewhere in Cork, four people are waiting for beds at the emergency department at the Mercy University Hospital.
Nationally, 125 admitted patients are waiting for beds at hospitals around the country this morning, with 106 waiting in emergency departments and 19 waiting in wards elsewhere in the hospital.
Speaking to the Echo earlier this week, Dr Chris Luke, an emergency medicine consultant in Cork said there were a number of reasons why emergency departments are busy in Cork at the moment including a reduction in their capacity brought about by the reconfiguration of units in response to the Covid-19 outbreak.
He highlighted how in CUH for example the hospital emergency department and other wards were substantially rebuilt with curtains in the hospital’s emergency department cubicles turned into walls with one patient per cubicle.
“In reality, the experience across the country is that the emergency department space capacity footprint has shrunk by between 30 and 50 per cent,” he added.