Galway University Hospital

  • It’s emerged that up to 15 beds are closed at a Community Nursing Home in Connemara, at a time when Galway University Hospital is bursting at the seams, with 40-50 patients on trolleys regularly.

    Independent TD for Galway West Catherine Connolly says there’s something very wrong with the system that, despite increasing numbers of patients on hospital trolleys, up to 15 beds have been closed at the Public Nursing Home in Carraroe, due to staffing shortages.

    In addition, Deputy Connolly says the Day Centre in the same nursing home is closed since the 5th March, again due to lack of staff, and the HSE has confirmed it will remain closed for at least a month.

    Deputy Connolly says the Day Centre provides a vital service for elderly people in the South Connemara area, and its closure is a major setback in the Gaeltacht region.

  • The total number of people on hospital waiting lists now stands at over 707,000, the highest number recorded.

    The latest figures issued by the National Treatment Purchase Fund are for last month, and are up by over 6,200 on the previous month.

    The hospital with the biggest outpatient waiting list is Galway University Hospital with over 39,000 people waiting for treatment - of a national total of almost 52,000.

    This means over 39,000 people referred by their GP are now waiting for treatment or an appointment with a consultant at UHG - with almost five and a half thousand of these patients waiting over a year and a half.

    There are over 8,300 people on the outpatient waiting list at Mayo University Hospital, with one in four of these patients waiting over 18 months.

    Sligo University Hospital has an outpatient waiting list of over 12,600 people, with 2848 waiting for procedures at Roscommon Hospital and 3646 at Portiuncla in Ballinasloe.

    In addition, almost ten and a half thousand people are waiting for inpatient or day surgery at University Hospital Galway, where the combined waiting lists now stand at almost 50,000.

    In a statement, Minister for Health Simon he recognises that the outpatient waiting list "remains a significant challenge" which he said the HSE and National Treatment Purchase Fund are working hard to address.

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

    The HSE has cancelled all non-urgent surgery at hospitals across the country today, in an attempt to reduce the trolley crisis.

    It’s after the INMO reported 714 patients on trolleys and wards nationally yesterday.

    A spokesperson for the Saolta hospital group told Midwest News this morning that while non-urgent electives are cancelled there are some urgent elective procedures proceeding at Mayo University Hospital today.

    She added that patients have been contacted directly in relation to their procedures.


  • Orthopaedic waiting lists at Galway University Hospital have spiralled to over 6,000 with many people left in pain on waiting lists for hip replacement surgery for up to four years.

    That’s according to Roscommon based Fianna Fail TD Eugene Murphy who says the figures reveal that up to last month there were a total of 1,092 people on inpatient day case orthopaedic waiting lists with 193 of those waiting for eight months to a year with 88 waiting from one year to 15 months.

    On the outpatient waiting list for orthopaedics, a staggering total of 5,134 people have been left languishing on waiting lists.

    Deputy Murphy says in some cases people have been waiting for up to four years which has labelled as outrageous.

  • Hospital overcrowding is now out of control, according to the INMO, with a record 1,718 patients on trolleys in the first 3 days of this week.

    Galway University Hospital was the third most overcrowded between last Monday and Wednesday, with 125 people waiting for a bed over the 3 days.

    The INMO says these figures confirm that demand for emergency admissions continues to grow, with hospitals unable to provide the necessary capacity in terms of beds or staff.

    INMO General Secretary Phil Ní Sheaghda says we are now in the second week of April, and the numbers on trolleys are getting higher.

    She’s calling for the Government to recognise that the health service is in crisis, and requires immediate intervention.

    Meanwhile, Taoiseach Leo Varadker is visiting Galway University Hospital this afternoon.

    There are 26 patients on trolleys at the Galway Hospital today, with 25 at Sligo University Hospital, 13 at Mayo University Hospital and 5 on trolleys at Portiuncla Hospital in Ballinasloe.

    Across the country today, the total trolley count is 548 – an increase of almost 60% on this day last year.