1,244 patients over the age of 75 were left waiting over 24 hours to be seen in the Emergency Department at Galway University Hospital last year.

The HSE has confirmed that, nationally, over 11,000 patients aged over 75 were not seen within 24 hours at hospital Emergency Departments in 2017.

The situation has been described as “borderline criminal” by Galway Sinn Fein Councillor Mairéad Farrell, who says elderly patients are often the most vulnerable, and bring treated urgently can prevent escalation of injury.

She says it’s unacceptable that anyone is left waiting on a trolley for over 24 hours- but particularly elderly people.

 

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