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.

85 of those patients were here in the South East.

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

The Health Minister Simon Harris also announced €5m 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 has asked those with minor injuries or illnesses to go to a GP first.

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