Chronic overcrowding at Naas Hospital

Patients told to stay away

Paul O'Meara

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Chronic overcrowding at Naas Hospital

Naas General Hospital

There is chronic overcrowding at Naas Hospital today.

Some 32 patients have been admitted through the Accident and Emergency Department without a bed being available.

This is 10 more than the next worst hopsital in the eastern region, which includes the major Dublin facilities. There are 22 patients on trolleys at St. Vincent’s Hospital and a dozen on trolleys at Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown.

There are 5 and 31 patients on trolleys at  Portlaoise Hospital and Tullamore Hospital respectively, according to the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation. 

Patients have again been asked to stay away from Naas Hospital. The Health Service Executive has  activated its escalation policy, for the second time in three days. In a statement the hospital said it is experiencing high levels of attendances and admissions. It has reiterated that patients should visit their GP initially for a medical assessment.