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New Trolley Watch figures make much improved reading for OLOL Drogheda

Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda. Photo Credit: Barry Landy/LouthNow.ie

The number of patients forced to wait on a trolley or a chair for a bed in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda in October this year was 114 – a decrease of 78% on the same month in 2016.

Then, there were 508 patients admitted to the hospital who were not provided with a bed on admission. That figure was even higher in 2015 (616) and 2014 (631).


It decreased significantly last year – with 258 patients admitted in the month of October forced to wait on a trolley or chair, according to INMO Trolley Watch analysis.

That number has more than halved 12 months on which represents the lowest tally for this month for Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital Drogheda since the INMO started recorded the figures in 2006.

The next lowest figure for OLOL in October – dating back to 2006 – was 184 in 2013.

The latest monthly figure for October 2018 is a far cry from much of the last 12 years. For three of the last 12 years, OLOL Drogheda had the highest number of patients waiting on trolleys and chairs in the country outside of Dublin.

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In nine of those years, Our Lady of Lourdes were among the top three hospitals for highest numbers of patients on trolleys, again outside of Dublin.

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