MORE people were lying on trolleys in the A&E unit of Portlaoise hospital during the past year than in some hospitals in Dublin or Cork.
The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) trolley watch figures for the end of 2018 show that 2,815 people spent some time either lying on trolleys or in chairs after they were admitted to hospital.
The 2018 INMO figures show that St James’s Hospital in Dublin had 2,025 people on trolleys. Mayo University Hospital had 1,998, while the figure for Mercy University Hospital in Cork was 2,681.
During the month of December, INMO figures show that 231 people were on trolleys in the A&E unit of Portlaoise hospital while waiting for a bed on one of the wards. This compares with 160 for the same month in 2017.
On a related matter, there is still no announcement from the Department of Health about plans for the future of the A&E unit at Portlaoise hospital or of the other services that the HSE had earmarked for closure or downgrading.
Also, the Portlaoise Hospital Action Group has yet to release its plan for the hospital’s future.
Check out the Laois Nationalist Facebook page for INMO daily trolley watch figures for Portlaoise hospital.