Catherine Donohoe

  • Construction work to replace and upgrade the windows on three wards and to replace and upgrade toilets and showers on two wards in Mayo University Hospital has commenced this week.

    Catherine Donohoe, Hospital General Manager said, “We would like to apologise to our patients, their families and our staff for the noise and disruption caused by the construction works.

    Ms. Donohoe say we are making every effort to minimise the impact on patients and we are moving patients from the areas where construction is underway to an acute ward in the Sacred Heart Hospital. However it is not possible to move all patients and those in wards near the construction are experiencing noise during the day. The works finish at 5pm every day and will not happen over weekends. The works will not always generate noise, but it will be sporadic through the project.

    These upgrade works have been a priority project for some time and will greatly improve the hospital environment for our patients.

  • The number of patients in hospital with the virus has hit another record high.

    1,750 patients are being treated in hospital with Covid 19 and 158 of these patients are in ICU.

    In this region, there are 124 patients with Covid being treated at University Hospital Galway, 82 at Mayo University Hospital, 37 at Sligo University Hospital and 10 at Portiuncla in Ballinasloe.

    None of the Covid-positive patients in Mayo University Hospital are in intensive care, while the hospital is also treating 8 suspected Covid cases.

    The Manager at Mayo University Hospital says it's a significant challenge to ensure they have capacity for Covid & non-Covid patients.

    Catherine Donohoe says while the hospital has escalation plans in place it is very much dependent on maintaining safe staffing.

    She has been speaking to Midwest News this evening.