More people waiting for beds at Cork hospital than any other facility

More people waiting for beds at Cork hospital than any other facility

More people are waiting for beds at Cork University Hospital’s emergency department (ED) than at any other emergency department in the country for the third day this week. Picture Dan Linehan

More people are waiting for beds at Cork University Hospital’s emergency department (ED) than at any other emergency department in the country for the third day this week.

Figures from the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation’s Trolley Watch report show that 31 admitted patients were waiting for beds at the hospital’s ED this morning.

The figure is a decrease from yesterday when 36 people were waiting for beds at the hospital.

Earlier this week, management at the hospital said the department had been “exceptionally busy” and requested that, where appropriate, the public contact their GP in the first instance and explore all other options available to them before attending the Emergency Department if their needs are not urgent.

“Patient care is paramount in CUH and this situation is being treated as a priority by Hospital Management who have taken steps to address this issue,” a spokesperson for the hospital said.

Elsewhere in Cork, six people were waiting for beds at the Mercy University Hospital.

Nationally, 123 admitted patients were waiting for beds with 109 waiting in emergency departments, while 14 were in wards elsewhere in hospitals.

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