by Louise Doyle
ALMOST 400 patients were admitted to Letterkenny University Hospital in June without a bed.
Latest trolley watch figures from the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation reveal 396 patients were without a bed in LUH last month. That’s an 18 per cent rise on the number of patients admitted to LUH without a bed in June 2022 (335).
Nationally, 8,312 patients were admitted to hospital without a bed in June, including 164 children.
The worst levels of overcrowding were seen in University Hospital Limerick, which had the highest number of patients without beds in June (1, 689).
Sligo University Hospital also had high levels of overcrowding, with 822 patients on trolleys, followed by Cork University Hospital (695).
University Hospital Galway ranked fourth with 637 patients on trolleys followed by St James’s Hospital in Dublin, where 599 patients were admitted without a bed last month.
The number of patients on trolleys in June is a slight decrease from May 2023, when 11,856 patients were on trolleys in Irish hospitals across the month of May, which included 300 children.