Record Levels Of Children On H...


Record Levels Of Children On Hospital Trolleys

Laura Donnelly
Laura Donnelly

01:35 24 Jan 2023

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The number of children waiting on trolleys at the country's hospitals has hit record levels.

There's 46 without a bed, 23 at both Temple Street and Crumlin Children's Hospitals.

While including adults there's 517 patients on trolleys in emergency departments or elsewhere on wards.

The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation says the level of overcrowding at paediatric hospitals is very worrying.

NMO General Secretary Phil Ní Sheaghdha says: "Today we are seeing an unprecedented number of children on hospital trolleys. The level of overcrowding we are seeing in our paediatric hospitals is very worrying.

"This is not only dangerous for staff and for patients it is simply no way to safely treat sick children who are admitted to hospital. It also places a further burden on families who have to experience long waits while accompanying a sick child, potentially overnight.

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