A number of surgical procedures have been postponed over the last few days at Mayo University Hospital, due to a problem with a water pump.

The Saolta Hospital Group has confirmed to Midwest News that a problem with a water pump in the Hospital Sterile Services Department -which is the sterilisation facility for the surgical instruments used in theatre - has led to the deferral of some non-urgent surgeries.

Hospital management say they prioritised emergency procedures, but a number of non-urgent surgeries were postponed.

Staff in the hospital are working to rectify the problem with the water pump, and are working towards resuming services by tomorrow - Wednesday.

This depends on the completion of re-commissioning the washers and sterilisers to ensure standards are met.

The Saolta Hospital Group has apologised for the inconvenience this has caused to patients and their families, and says both Galway and Sligo University Hospitals have provided support to Mayo University Hospital in recent days to help manage the problem.

 

 

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