30 people are waiting for beds at hospitals in Cork today.
Figures published by the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) show 20 admitted patients are waiting for beds at Cork University Hospital (CUH) while ten patients are waiting for beds at the Mercy Hospital.
All of the patients are waiting in the hospital’s emergency departments.
The Cork figure is higher than the total number of patients waiting for beds at hospitals in the Eastern region which encompasses hospitals in Dublin and Kildare.
Nationally, 135 people are waiting for beds at hospitals around the country- the highest number seen since early March.
Last week, the Irish Association for Emergency Medicine said it was concerned over a return of crowding in emergency departments (ED) and the of the phenomenon where “inpatient boarders” are waiting in emergency departments until a bed becomes available for them.
"At a time when the advice to the public is of the vital need to ensure physical distancing with a minimum separation of 2m between healthy people, it is absolutely indefensible that crowding be allowed to occur in an ED. This is all the more unacceptable as many patients attending EDs are acutely unwell; are often elderly and commonly have comorbidities. These groups are at markedly increased risk of dying from COVID-19 infection," it said.