Sixty patients have been left waiting on trolleys or in wards for a bed at Cork University Hospital today.
The latest figures from the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) show that 40 patients were on trolleys at CUH this morning along with another 20 in wards.
The hospital has admitted that it is exceptionally busy and that patients could experience delays as a result.
In a statement, a spokesperson for CUH said the hospital “remains exceptionally busy today and over the last number of days.
“Due to this increased level of activity and subsequent admissions, it is regrettable that some patients may experience a delay in the Emergency Department (ED).
“The increase in attendance is due to the large number of very ill medical patients requiring admission,” she explained.
“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.
“Hospital Management wishes to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of all staff during this very busy time.” Hospital management have requested that, where appropriate, the public contact their GP or South Doc in the first instance and explore all other options available to them before attending the ED.