Almost 60 people were waiting for hospital beds in Cork today as more than 630 languished on trolleys and in wards in hospitals across Ireland.
The latest trolley count from the Irish Nurses and Midwives revealed there were 42 patients waiting on trolleys and in wards for a bed at Cork University Hospital (CUH) today, along with 17 at the Mercy University Hospital.
CUH has witnessed some of the most severe conditions in its history in recent weeks, with one consultant recently telling The Echo that it was the worst he had ever seen.
A status black escalation was issued at CUH last Monday which means the hospital was at maximum capacity and deemed unsafe to admit further patients.
Last Monday night saw up to eight ambulances lined up outside the hospital, with one waiting more than four hours to release a patient into the hospital’s care.
One patient who was in the Emergency Department last week described it as “mayhem.” CUH recently said it was continually reviewing patient flow within the hospital in the hope of alleviating pressure on the Emergency Department.
A parliamentary spokesperson recently confirmed to The Echo that both Minister Simon Harris and Minister Jim Daly held a teleconference call with CUH management and Cork Kerry community healthcare last Tuesday afternoon to discuss the status black situation.