Hopes planned extra beds will ease overcrowding at Tullamore Hospital

The manager of the Midlands Regional Hospital in Tullamore is hopeful that some extra bed capacity can be provided at the hospital later this year to tackle the overcrowding crisis.

The strategic plan for the Dublin Midlands Hospital group this month revealed that expanding acute services at the Offaly facility was a key priority for hospital management between 2018 and 2023.

Tullamore has been badly affected by overcrowding issues at its A+E in the last number of weeks, as the health system dealt with an increase in admissions due to the seasonal flu virus.

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Speaking to Shannonside FM, Orlagh Claffey revealed that there is capacity for an additional 25 beds at the hospital which it is hoped would significantly reduce waiting times at the A+E.

The general manager confirmed that the biggest issue facing the hospital is trying to staff those additional beds.