Overcrowding is still a problem at Naas Hospital

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Paul O'Meara

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Overcrowding is still a problem at Naas Hospital

Naas General Hospital

Overcrowding remains a problem at Naas Hospital today.

There are 22 patients at the facility today seeking a bed. This is less than yesterday’s figure of 31, reported by the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation.

Nevertheless overcrowding is worse at Naas than any hospital in the region. Both the Mater  and St. Vincent’s Hospital have 18 patients admitted without a bed being immediately available - and these are the next worst.

There are 8 patients on trolleys at Portlaoise Hospital and 23 at Tullamore Hospital.

Yesterday the Health Service Executive activated its escalation policy at Naas, the standard response when the hospital's Accident and Emergency Department comes under severe pressure as a result of the number of admissions.

A HSE spokeswoman told the Leader this afternoon that this remains in place and patients are being urged to avoid the hospital and visit a GP, as an alternative.