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.
The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation's latest report shows that nationally there were 417 waiting for a bed.