Increase in trolley waits

The number of patients waiting on trolleys at Letterkenny General Hospital has almost doubled in a year, according to figures released by the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO).

The number of patients waiting on trolleys at Letterkenny General Hospital has almost doubled in a year, according to figures released by the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO).

The figures, released yesterday, show there has been a dramatic increase in patients waiting on trolleys at the hospital over the last year. The statistics show the number of patients waiting on trolleys at the hospital during August for the past five years.

The number of patients waiting on trolleys at the hospital this August increased to 70 from 36 last year. The number of trolley waits reached 330 in August 2006 but dropped to 24 in 2008.

Sligo General Hospital has seen a dramatic drop in the number of patients waiting on trolleys in the last year. There were 24 patients on trolleys in the hospital this August compared to 140 in August of last year. Last August was the worst at the hospital over the five year period.