Emergency Departments

  • The Emergency Department at University Hospital Galway is extremely busy this afternoon, with a large number of patients awaiting admission to the hospital. 

    In a statement Saolta University Hospital Group management apologised to patients and their families for these delays.

    The Full Capacity Protocol has been implemented and all efforts continue to be made to identify patients who are appropriate for discharge. 

    Management at the hospital would like to advise people who are attending the Emergency Department at University Hospital Galway today to expect significant delays.

    They have reminded the public that they encourage them to attend the Emergency Department only in the case of real emergencies and they should contact their GP or GP Out-of-Hours service in the first instance.

    University Hospital Galway again apologises to all patients and their families for any distress caused as a result of these delays.



  • Fianna Fail claim the lack of Emergency Consultant cover at 9 of the country's EDs is not best patient safety practice.

    The party is calling on the government to ensure adequate staffing levels at Emergency Departments around the country.

    It says the situation has been ongoing for two years and many of the hospitals have seen significant increases in overcrowding.

  • Three separate investigations are underway into the circumstances surrounding the death of a pensioner at University Hospital Galway.

    The pensioner broke her hip in an alleged assault by an ‘aggressive’ patient in the Emergency Department.

    The Connacht Tribune reports that authorities at the hospital and Gardaí have launched separate investigations into the death of the 74-year-old woman.

    The woman endured an ordeal in the Emergency Department of the public hospital in the days leading up to her passing in late September.

  • The modular unit, which was promised two years ago to relieve overcrowding at Mayo University Hospital's Emergency Department, will still not be in place this Winter.

    The Health Minister announced the measure in 2016 to help tackle overcrowding, but it has now emerged that planning permission has not yet been sought for a modular unit at the Castlebar hospital.

    Fianna Fail Councillor Michael Loftus says it's a disgrace that, as we head into another Winter, the facility is not yet available.

    Councillor Loftus attempted to raise the matter at this week's meeting of the HSE Regional Forum, but told Midwest News he was unsuccessful in doing so.

    He says it's unfair on the people of Mayo that the promised modular unit has not yet been put in place.

  • Nurses have warned that the conditions endured by patients in hospital Emergency Departments are in danger of getting worse next winter.

    Speaking at the Oireachtas Health Committee yesterday, unions expressed fears that an extra 600 beds which are promised to cope with winter overcrowding will not be in place.

    Phil Ni Sheaghdha,General Secretary of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation, said there were scores of patients on trolleys again yesterday despite the good weather. She said patients and nurses "face massive overcrowding in emergency departments, with a record high of 714 patients on trolleys one day this year".

    She said that Irish nursing wages simply aren't at the races when it comes to the international job market, and that delays in recruiting new nurses will cause more overcrowding in emegency departments this winter....

  • 623 people are on trolleys in hospitals across the country today. 

    That includes 32 patients at Sligo University Hospital, 29 at University Hospital Galway, 4 at Mayo University Hospital and 4 at Portiuncla Hospital in Ballinasloe.

    According to the INMO, the worst affected is Cork University Hospital with 58 people waiting on beds. 

    It's followed by University Hospital Limerick where 55 patients are on trolleys.