There are 649 people waiting on trolleys at hospitals across the country today, according to the latest trolley watch from the Irish Nurses & Midwives Organisation.

Yesterday, levels reached a new record high of 714.

Today, there are 28 patients on trolleys at Galway University Hospital, 21 in Sligo, 19 at Mayo University Hospital and 13 at Portiuncla in Ballinasloe.

The worst affected is University Hospital Limerick where there are 58 people waiting for a hospital bed.

The HSE has announced that non-urgent elective surgery is being cancelled at hospitals across the county, as they try and tackle the backlog of patients on trolleys.

A spokesperson for the Saolta Hospital Group told Midwest News today that while non-urgent electives are cancelled at Mayo University Hospital, some urgent elective procedures are proceeding.

The spokesperson said patients have been contacted directly in relation to their procedures.

At Galway University Hospital , some non-urgent surgeries scheduled for today have been deferred.

Affected patients are being contacted directly, so those who have not heard from their hospital should attend for their appointment as scheduled.


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