Such is the graphic description of the day to day reality of one of our hospitals.
According to the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organization (INMO), the facility is consistently facing high levels of overcrowding.
The nurses’ organization is asking on the head of the RCSI hospital group to immediately address this “chronic issue”, which is putting both staff and patients at risk.
INMO industrial relations officer Lorraine Monaghan has said that overcrowding at the hospital had led to “inhumane conditions where patients are crammed together”, adding that the workload for staff had become unmanageable.
She said that “There is no dignity or privacy for patients, it’s really like a warzone in there. The hospital should have gone off call on Monday, the situation is completely chaotic.”
Overcrowding at Beaumont has actually increased over the past five weeks, following the closure of 33 beds, with a 26 per cent increase in the number of patients left on trolleys during the first four months of 2015.