Councillor Donagh Killilea

  • A new maternity unit will be included in the new five-storey building proposed for University Hospital Galway.

    A new Emergency Department will occupy two floors of the new 5-storey block, along with a new maternity unit comprising delivery suites, theatres and beds, as well as a paediatric unit on the top floor.

    Plans for the new building were outlined at this week's meeting of the HSE Regional Forum, on foot of a question by Tuam-based Councillor Donagh Killilea who asked if there were any plans to upgrade maternity services at the Galway hospital.

    Chief Operating Officer of the Saolta Hospital Group Anne Cosgrove said there are no plans to upgrade the current maternity unit, as maternity services will be relocated to the planned new building, and said the design stage of the 5-storey block will be signed off within weeks.

    However, it could take five years for the building to be completed.

    Councillor Donagh Killilea says the current maternity unit at UHG dates back to the 1950's and is no longer fit for purpose.

    He told Midwest News that a new maternity unit is a welcome development....

  • Some elected surgeries look set to be cancelled on patients this week, as hospitals try to cope with serious overcrowding in their Emergency Depts.

    There are 760 patients on trolleys in ED departments across the country this lunchtime.

    With 47 patients on trolleys at University Hospital Galway, 22 at Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe, 22 at Mayo University Hospital and 15 at Sligo University Hospital.

    Tuam based Fianna Fail councillor Donagh Killalea, a member of the HSE West Forum,  says the ban on the recruitment of nurses must be lifted immediately if the situation is to be addressed, but in addition, he has condemned the HSE advertising for senior management staff while frontline numbers are in crisis.

    He told Midwest News today that 17 of the 47 patients on trolleys at UHG today are actually on trolleys in wards – and that is of concern in terms of cross contamination.