They're currently down 30 beds due to maintenance and upgrade works
Dr Ronan Fawsitt says there's no guarantee this new application will be successful.
However, there was a slight drop in the number of people waiting on trolleys for the month of July
Management say the hospital is very busy following a high attendance rate in the Emergency Department yesterday.
However, St Luke's wasn't the worst affected last month
Nurses are warning that the crisis is getting worse.
A statement issued by the HSE on behalf of St Lukes today requested that people would present to local GP's or Caredoc...
The INMO figures for last month there was a total of 319 people waiting for a bed in St Luke's Hospital.
Meanwhile, a second Consultant Obstetrician has raised concerns over the local maternity ward
Professor Garry Courtney spoke on KCLR Live this morning in response to the concerns.