Hospital emergency departments under pressure again today

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Tipperary people heading to the Emergency Department at University Hospital Limerick today will face lengthy delays.

It’s the most overcrowded hospital in the country today according to the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation.

According to the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation there are 57 patients without a bed at University Hospital Limerick today.

39 of these are on trolleys around the Emergency Department while 18 are in overflow areas of wards.

The hospital – which covers North Tipp, Limerick and Clare – is the busiest in the country this afternoon.

Yesterday management at UHL asked people to stay away from the hospital unless it’s a genuine emergency.

They are advising that patients with limb injuries can go to the Injury Unit in Nenagh, Ennis or St John’s Hospital.

Others with a less serious illness can be treated by their GP or out of hours GP service.

At South Tipp General in Clonmel there are 18 patients without a bed while Nenagh General has one today.

In all there are 359 people waiting for a bed at hospitals across the country according to the INMO.