UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL Limerick has been criticized for having 75 vacancies for nurses amidst one of the highest overpopulation in the country so far this year.
According to daily figures published by the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organization on Friday morning, 65 patients were treated on emergency department trolleys and on extra trolleys or beds in the UHL department.
The UL Hospitals Group has been contacted for a response.
There were 329 patients on trolleys nationwide. The second highest degree of overcrowding in the country was at St. Luke's General Hospital in Kilkenny, where 28 patients were on trolleys.
About one fifth of the overcrowding in Ireland is in the University Hospital Limerick. 65 patients on trolleys at UHL, 19.8% of the 329 patients on trolleys nationwide.
– Fintan Walsh (@FintanYTWalsh)
August 24, 2018
According to the figures, 19.8% of the overcrowding of Ireland is in the University Hospital Limerick.
Mary Fogarty, the INMO representative of Limerick, said it was "an extreme situation" at UHL.
"Our members work hard to care for patients, but simply do not have enough staff to deal with, there are currently 75 vacancies for UHL nurses and it is simply not possible to hire enough nurses for this pay."
There are still visit restrictions for the flu, norovirus and superbug outbreak at UHL. Only one visitor per patient is allowed, from 14.00 to 16.00 and from 18.00 to 21.00.
"The purpose of the visit restriction is not because there is a high risk of transfer to the visitors, the main aim is to facilitate the increased need for cleaning and the demand for departments and nurses during the outbreak," said a spokesman.