Number on trolleys rises again as over 540 wait for beds

Latest figures from the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation indicate a rise in the number of patients on trolleys

Updated 17:15

Over 540 people are waiting on trolleys and wards in hospitals across the country, the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation's (INMO) 'trolley watch' reports today.

A total of 363 patients remain on trolleys, while there are 180 on wards.

Cork University Hospital is the worst affected hospital, with 46 in total waiting for a bed. The Mater Misericordiae University Hospital in Dublin and Midland Regional Hospital in Meath follow, with 30 people in each hospital waiting for a bed - jumping from 12 and 19 respectively.

University Hospital Limerick and Beaumont Hospital, having previously experienced high levels of overcrowding, come in with 29 people waiting at UHL and 28 patients on trolleys and wards in Beaumont.

A spokesperson for Cork University Hospital said the hospital “continues to be extremely busy with large volumes of elderly patients attending for review and subsequent inpatient admission.”

"Cork University Hospital continues to manage patients with winter vomiting and flu-like symptoms which is impacting on patient flow,” she said.

Last week saw record levels of more than 600 patients on trolleys for two days in a row.

The crisis last week prompted the HSE to announce several measures to alleviate the problem, including opening additional beds.

Health Minister Simon Harris has met with the HSE to discuss overcrowding as the situation has progressed.

Minister Harris is continuing to visit a number of hospitals in the coming days as he monitors the situation.