New overcrowding figure for Letterkenny hospital revealed

There are 18 patients waiting for a bed in Letterkenny University Hospital, according to the latest figures from the INMO.

The Irish Nurses' and Midwives' Organisation (INMO) today claims there is no-one on a trolley but there are 18 people waiting in wards to be admitted.

The nurses' union claims there are 460 patients, including 10 children, waiting for a bed in hospitals across the country.

It claims that the figure of 51 at University Hospital Limerick is the highest in Ireland.

The HSE produces its own figures and these typically to do not tally with those of the INMO and are usually lower.

The HSE today claims the LUH figure is six and the national total is 339.

Unlike like the INMO's figures, the HSE's TrolleyGar figures do not give the number of patients who have been placed on wards, but are waiting for admission for a bad, having already been admitted from an emergency department.

The INMO report counts the number of patients for whom a decision to admit has been made, but who are still waiting for a bed at 8am.

It records those patients who have been moved to wards or onto trolleys but who are still waiting for a bed.

These patients, who are regularly categorised as being “on trolleys”, have not been allocated a ward bed, and typically have to wait along corridors but are also moved between general locations where space allows.

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