Letterkenny University Hospital is the most overcrowded hospital in Ireland today as 56 patients await admission.
According to the INMO, 43 of these patients are waiting on trolleys, with a further 13 waiting along the wards.
The overcrowding at LUH is significantly worse than any other hospital today, with the second most overcrowded hospital being the Midland Regional Hospital, Tullamore, where 34 patients wait.
Last night, LUH ran out of trolleys and patients had to wait in armchairs in the Accident and Emergency area, with a frontline hospital worker telling Donegal Daily that the situation is “a mess.”
LUH has been extremely busy all week, and was the third most overcrowded hospital in the country on Wednesday. The INMO recording the following numbers for LUH as part of their Trolley Watch initiative throughout this week:
Monday: 37 patients
Tuesday: 34 patients
Wednesday: 43 patients
Thursday: 39 patients
A HSE official is expected to visit the hospital today.