There are 49 patients on trolleys waiting for a hospital bed again today at University Hospital Galway, yesterday there were 52 patients on trolleys at the facility and generally the numbers of patients presenting at the Emergency Department of the hospital continue to rise.

The numbers are impacting on elective procedures at the hospital, according to Headford based Fianna Fail councillor Mary Hoade.

HSE management confirmed last week that there has been a 4 percent rise in demand on the ED of University Hospital Galway in the first eight months of this year over last year.

According to the INMO trolley Watch figures today there are 17 patients on trolleys at Mayo University Hospital, 23 at Sligo University Hospital and 1 at Portiuncula in Ballinasloe.

The ongoing overcrowding at the ED at Galway University Hospital and its impact on elective surgery in Galway has been highlighted by cllr Hoade at a recent HSE West Forum meeting.

The Fianna Fail councillor says she is aware of many patients who have had their elective procedures cancelled at short notice due to the demands for beds at UHG.

A new Emergency dept  at UHG to meet the increasing demands was approved by government almost five years ago, but to date, councillor Hoade says no planning has been sought for the development.

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