The number of people on trolleys in Cavan and Sligo hospitals last month more than doubled on the same period last year. But the new figures show the numbers actually dropped in Drogheda and Navan hospitals. According to the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation, this November was the worst ever for hospital overcrowding, with an 11-per-cent rise nationally on the same month last year.
This was reflected in two of the hospitals that serve the Northern Sound region. There was a 117-per-cent increase in the number of people on trolleys Sligo University Hospital during that period, rising from 198 to 431. There was a similar increase of 107 per cent in Cavan General Hospital, jumping to 116 from 56 in November 2017.
But there was a sharp drop in two other local hospitals. There was a decrease of 34 per cent in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda and 39 per cent in Our Lady’s Hospital in Navan.