Number of patients on trollies increases as vomiting bug hits Limerick

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The number of patients without a bed at hospitals across the country has increased by over 50 in the last 24 hours.

According to the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation University Hospital Limerick is still the busiest in the country as it copes with an outbreak of the winter vomiting bug.

University Hospital Limerick – which serves North Tipp, Clare and Limerick – has 56 people on trolleys or chairs – up 10 from yesterday.

The hoospital is also currently dealing with a number of cases of Norovirus.

As a result of the winter vomiting bug outbreak a ban on visitors to Wards 3A and 1A has been imposed.

Elsewhere in the Dooradoyle hospital, visitors are restricted to one person per patient and management have asked people not to bring children on visits.

Meanwhile the number of patients being cared for on trolleys at South Tipp General in Clonmel has doubled to 16 today.

The nursing union reports a total of 437 patients without a bed.