There is serious overcrowding at Naas hospital today

Emergency patients face long waits

Paul O'Meara

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Paul O'Meara

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paul@leinsterleader.ie

There is serious overcrowding at Naas hospital today

There are long delays today

Overcrowding is developing into a serious problem Naas General Hospital.

There are 30 patients are on trolleys there today - one more than yesterday.

This is the third highest hospital in the eastern region and only St. Vincent’s and Beaumont, both kin Dublin, have more patients on trolleys today.

There are nine patients on trolleys at Portlaoise hospital and six at Tullamore,according to nurses

During the nurses strike last week. the Health Service Executive said hospital emergency departments in the area are very busy, have a high number of patients waiting for beds and patients are experiencing extended waits. It asked  members of the public to consider their care options before presenting to the ED.

It advised that the public only attend emergency services if absolutely essential and to otherwise visit a GP or pharmacy.

If you are unwell, please go to your GP or pharmacy in the first instance.  However, if you are seriously injured or ill or are worried your life is at risk the ED will assess and treat you as a priority.

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