Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda is described as severely overcrowded by The Irish Nurses & Midwives’ Organisation. According to the INMO’s daily trolley watch, forty patients are lying on trolleys waiting to be admitted to beds while another eight were lying on trolleys in corridors.
One elderly patient has been on a trolley for the past five days in the in the Emergency Department in what is described as the highest level of overcrowding since 2006.
INMO industrial relations officer Tony Fitzpatrick said the level of overcrowding within the department is a health and safety hazard for patient and staff alike. He also noted that Emergency Department is short five nurses and the union is to seek a further meeting of the Labour Relations Commission to discuss the problems.
The Health Service Executive said a new building at the hospital will open tomorrow, with eight clinical decision beds to ease the congestion in the Emergency Department.