The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation says the overcrowding situation at University Hospital Limerick is 'chaotic.'
Management at the facility have appealed to people with less serious illnesses or issues to present to an injury clinic or GP instead of the emergency unit.
There's currently 111 patients on trolleys at UHL, and the emergency department is seeing 'record' numbers of presentations.
University Hospital Limerick appeals to people with less serious issues or injuries to attend an injury unit or a GP as the Emergency Department is extremely busy: https://t.co/4bFbuTZ5O7
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"Hospital is Chaotic"
Mary Fogarty, the union's assistant director of industrial relations, says the situation is out of control:
We have staff completely demoralised, who are trying to provide adequate care.
"It is impossible."
"They advise us that the hospital is chaotic, that the system is out of control."
"We have written to HIQA again yesterday, seeking that they'd investigate the situation at the hospital."
"We've also written to the Minister for Health."
"We''re seeking direct intervention to undertake a full review of management of patients at University Hospital Limerick."