Numbers hit record highs yesterday

Hospitals are bracing themselves for another busy day, following record trolley numbers yesterday.

The latest high follows a previous record of 677 on trolleys in January.

714 people were waiting for a hospital bed on trolleys and in wards yesterday morning - a new all time high.

The pressure's led to the HSE cancelling all non-urgent surgeries.

The Health Minister also announced 5 million euro in extra spending to speed up the discharge of patients.

Last night, Tallaght University Hospital said it was struggling with a very high number of emergency cases.

It's asked those with minor injuries or illnesses to go to a GP first.