34 people waiting for beds at Cork hospitals

34 people waiting for beds at Cork hospitals
Twenty-six people are waiting for beds at CUH today. Pic; Larry Cummins

Thirty-four admitted patients are waiting for beds at hospitals in Cork this morning.

According to the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation’s (INMO) Trolley Watch report, 26 people are waiting for beds at Cork University Hospital (CUH), the second-highest figure in the country.

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

Nationally, 174 admitted patients are waiting for beds this morning with 150 patients waiting in emergency departments and 24 in wards elsewhere in hospitals.

Limerick University Hospital has the highest number of patients waiting for beds, with 47 people waiting for beds there.

Earlier today, the HSE Chief Operations Officer, Anne O’Connor said attendances have increased in emergency departments nationally, but are still below the levels seen last year.

Figures for the week ending on Sunday night show emergency department attendances had increased by 2.7 per cent on the previous week.

“This is indicating that people are returning to our emergency departments and our unscheduled care activity is becoming much busier,” she said.

Week on week admissions have also increased slightly, Mr O'Connor added. 

Meanwhile, the HSE Chief Operations Officer said that the HSE is currently looking at where extra acute capacity can be developed in the future including the development of modular builds that could “land in” to hospital sites.

They are also looking to ensure they have sufficient community-based capacity to support people to stay at home where possible. 

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