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Record High 60 Patients on Trolleys In Galway This Morning. 17.11.11

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Record High Of 60 Patients On Trolleys In Galway This Morning Awaiting An In-Patient Bed – Full Capacity Protocol Rolling For 3 Days

-    36 patients waiting on trolleys in the Emergency Department
-    12 in the Medical Assessment Unit
-    9 on trolleys on already full wards throughout the hospital
-    3 in Merlin Park Hospital awaiting beds



The number of patients awaiting an in-patient bed in Galway has reached a record high of 60 this morning.  There are currently 36 patients in the ED at Galway University Hospital, 12 in the Medical Assessment Unit, 9 on trolleys on already full wards throughout the hospital and 3 on trolleys in Merlin Park Hospital awaiting beds. Conditions at the hospital are unbearable, for patients and staff alike.

Full Capacity Protocol has been rolling for the last three days but the whole hospital is now full. There are currently 38 patients, who no longer need acute care, awaiting transfer to long term facilities.  There are 108 beds closed in the system and nursing numbers are down by 207 since 2009.

Speaking this morning INMO Industrial Relations Officer, Regina Durcan said:

“It is a terrible indictment of the HSE West that they allow this situation to continue.  We are talking about vulnerable human beings and not numbers.  These people are sick and need hospital care and our members want to be in a position to provide care safely.

We are calling on the Minister for Health to intervene in this crisis and to open up closed beds with adequate staffing in order to alleviate the intolerable overcrowding within University Hospital Galway. The events in recent days are showing that the full capacity protocol is not working and only increases the risks to patients all over the hospital by overcrowding wards.”

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