Thirty admitted patients are waiting for beds at hospitals in Cork today.
According to the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation’s (INMO) Trolley Watch, 20 admitted patients were waiting for beds at Cork University Hospital this morning, the second-highest figure in the country.
A further ten patients are waiting for beds at the Mercy University Hospital.
There are no admitted patients waiting for beds at Bantry General Hospital.
Nationally, 148 admitted patients are waiting for beds this morning with 130 people waiting in emergency departments and 18 people in wards.
University Hospital Limerick is worst affected with 49 admitted patients waiting for beds at the hospital.
Meanwhile, the INMO has today urged the government to “ramp up health service capacity” before winter hits.
INMO General Secretary Phil Ní Sheaghdha appeared before the Oireachtas COVID response committee this morning where she discussed the findings from a new survey which showed 65 per cent of nurses who have recovered from Covid-19 are still experiencing post-viral fatigue.
“Fatigue is a major risk to patient and staff safety – especially in a pandemic. Many of our members are reporting that despite recovery, they are still facing exhaustion.
“The impacts of this virus can be long-lasting, so nurses and midwives returning to work after recovery are going to need support. For many, there will be a long road to full recovery,” she said.
The INMO General Secretary added: “As winter approaches, frontline staff face a toxic combination of fatigue and understaffing. Safe staffing levels are the only way to ensure that our health service is not overwhelmed. We urgently need a clear plan to ramp up health service capacity before winter hits.”