19 people waiting for beds at Cork hospitals

19 people waiting for beds at Cork hospitals
17 patients were waiting for beds at CUH this morning, with two people waiting at the Mercy Hospital. Pic; Larry Cummins

Nineteen people are waiting for beds at hospitals in Cork today.

According to the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO), 17 people are waiting to be admitted to Cork University Hospital, with a further two people waiting for beds at the Mercy Hospital.

All of these patients were waiting in emergency departments.

There were no patients waiting to be admitted at Bantry General Hospital. 

It comes as the number of patients reported to be waiting for beds at hospitals around the country jumped to 114 today, the highest figure observed in a number of weeks.

Yesterday, the INMO and the Irish Association for Emergency Medicine issued a warning that emergency departments and hospitals must not return to overcrowding in the coming week.

In a joint statement they cautioned that the “problems of the past” may emerge again as the health service gradually ramps up non-COVID activities.

“Emergency department and hospital overcrowding is always unacceptable, but it is exceptionally dangerous when added with the risk of COVID-19 infection,” said INMO General Secretary, Phil Ní Sheaghdha.

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