Major bed shortage at UHL

Photo © Pat Flynn

University Hospital Limerick has again reached high levels of overcrowding this afternoon.

The hospital, which serves North Tipp, Limerick and Clare, has 69 patients waiting for a bed – for the second time this year.

47 of those are on trolleys or chairs in the emergency department, with 22 in overflow areas of wards.

The news comes despite the opening of UHL’s new emergency department in June – which is 3 times the size of the old ED.

Meanwhile, patients attending South Tipp General won’t face such a wait today – with 8 patients waiting for a bed there.