ED patients being treated on floor

Seriously ill patients sometimes have to be treated on the floor of the overcrowded emergency department at Dublin’s Mater Hospital, a consultant has revealed.

Mr John McInerney, consultant in emergency medicine at the Mater, told irishhealth.com that the Mater’s emergency department as well as a number of other EDs were currently under severe pressure.

“We can have up to eight patients at a time on ambulance trolleys in our ED while the ambulances that took them there wait outside for the trolleys to be returned so that they can go back into service.”

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