Overcrowding eases after more than 100 attend Mater ED

Overcrowding at the Mater University Hospital emergency department in Dublin has eased today with 30 patients reported to be waiting for admission to a bed.

According to the Irish Nurses & Midwives Organisation, at one point last night, there were over 100 patients in the emergency department, with one patient waiting over 68 hours for a bed.

The hospital has said it is experiencing the highest level of attendances at the emergency department in the last three years.

For the month of May, it is estimated that more than 8,500 patients will have been seen in the emergency department.

The hospital said this is 20% higher than the level of attendances at the emergency department prior to the pandemic.

The Mater said that despite the extremely high numbers, the patient experience times in the emergency department are on average below those seen prior to the onset of the pandemic.

It added that all of its staff are working tirelessly to improve the capacity of the ED and services.

The hospital has apologized for any delay that patients are currently experiencing.

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