There no patients waiting on trolleys at LUH yesterday

There are 26 patients waiting for a bed in Letterkenny University Hospital today, according to the latest figures from the INMO.

The Irish Nurses' and Midwives' Organisation (INMO) claims there are six people waiting on a trolley and there are another 20 people waiting in wards to be admitted.

The nurses' union claims there are 494 patients, including five children, waiting for a bed in hospitals across the country.

It claims that the figure of 59 at Cork University Hospital 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 13 and the national total is 358.

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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