File photo: Naas hospital
Just over 3,000 patients were admitted to Naas Hospital so far this year without a trolley being immediately available.
This figure is higher than for three major Dublin Hospitals — St. James’s, Connolly Hospital and Vincent’s Hospital — according to the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation.
The Naas Hospital figure is higher than last year (2,802) but less than the 3,072 patients admitted without a bed in 2015.
The figure is slightly lower than the Midlands Regional Hospital in Portlaoise and significantly lower than Tullamore Hospital, where the overcrowding has reached 4,380 so far in 2017.
Overcrowding at both Tullamore and Portlaoise are the highest since the INMO began keeping records of overcrowding figures in 2006.
During last month alone there were 257 patients admitted through the Accident and Emergency Department without a bed and this is the highest figure for November since 2014.
The INMO has expressed concern that nationally the figure has exceeded 91,000 — which is a 6% increase on the first 11 months of 2016 and a 95% increase on the first 11 months of 2007.
Although overcrowding increased at Naas in November the hospital is not among the six hospitals listed with the highest number of patients on trolleys. These are Limerick, Cork, Waterford, Galway and Letterkenny.
The INMO general secretary Liam Doran says all available hospital beds must be opened and incentivised retention/recruitment packages should be introduced to ensure additional nursing staff are employed to deal “with this continued demand.”
He acknowledged that the figures for November represented a 7% reduction when compared to November 2016.