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St Luke’s General Hospital for Carlow and Kilkenny has country’s highest wait figure for a bed today

The INMO say there are 198 waiting across the country

Carlow and Kilkenny’s general hospital has the highest number of people waiting on a bed today.

29 patients are on trollies at St Luke’s; ten of them in the local Emergency Department, with 19 on other wards.

That’s according to figures from the Irish Nurses & Midwives Organisation who say there are 198 facing a wait at facilities across the country.

In a statement to KCLR News, the Ireland East Hospital Group says “EDs are very busy across the country with seriously ill patients with a variety of complex needs requiring admittance.   Staff are working with the community to discharge those patients who know longer require acute care in order to free up beds”.

“Issues stemming from the Cyber Attack are ongoing with delays still occurring throughout the hospital network”.

“We continue to ask those patients who are not seriously ill to consider their care options and to contact their GP or Injury Unit.  All patients are triaged based on acuity and those patients who are less seriously ill will continue to experience longer waiting times.  However, if you are seriously ill we do ask that patients do attend the ED”.

“We would like to thank the public for their continued patience at this difficult time”.