A TOTAL of 146 patients had to be treated on trolleys while awaiting a bed at Letterkenny General Hospital in the first three months of the year, latest figures show.
But the figures show a massive improvement on five years ago – and a slight improvement on rising figures last year.
The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) league showed waits at the local acute hospital have fallen dramatically since 2006 and 2007.
There were 864 patients were on trolleys in the first quarter of 2006 with 995 on trolleys in the first quarter of 2007.
This fell to 119 patients in 2008, 94 patients in 2009 – but this grew again to 173 patients over the same period in 2010.
Meanwhile there were two people treated on trolleys in Letterkenny on Monday with no patients on trolleys yesterday.
Set against the fact there were 25,000 people on trolleys nationally for the first three months of the year, the figures are relatively good.