Modular Unit

  • Access to Mayo University Hospital - except for ambulances - is disrupted this morning due to the arrival on site of the long-awaited modular unit.

    This temporary unit is part of the Covid Emergency Works at the Castlebar hospital, and will increase capacity and provide improved direct access to hospital services for patients.

    The modular unit is arriving in several sections,  and this will impact on access to the hospital until about 11am.

    The unit will be assembled on site and connected to the services, and is expected to be operational by the end of November.

  • There's some good news today for Mayo University Hospital, as it's been confirmed that the new modular assessment unit will be delivered this Wednesday morning.

    This temporary unit is part of the Covid Emergency Works at the Castlebar hospital, and will increase capacity and provide improved direct access to hospital services for acute medical patients, endoscopy patients and patients with, or suspected of having, Covid-19.

    Hospital manager Catherine Donohoe says the additional capacity and new processes will help reduce patients' waiting time in the Emergency Department.

    The new unit is expected to be in use by the end of November.

    The modular unit will be delivered between 5 and 11am tomorrow morning, and during this time, access to the hospital via the swimming pool entrance will be restricted on John Moore Road.

    Meanwhile, there are currently 10 patients with confirmed Covid-19 being treated at Mayo University Hospital, with another 5 suspected cases.

    Nationally there are 354 patients with the virus being treated in Irish hospitals today - the highest number in 5 months.

    This includes 38 people in intensive care units.

  • 18 patients are on trolleys today at Mayo University Hospital, waiting for admission to a bed.

    The latest trolley count from the Irish Nurses & Midwives Organisation shows 203 patients on trolleys across the country including 15 at Sligo University Hospital and 18 at Mayo University Hospital - down one from yesterday's figure.

    Meanwhile, the Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has confirmed that the long-awaited temporary modular unit, to relieve pressure on the Emergency Department at Mayo University Hospital, will be onsite in early November.

    The modular unit was promised a number of years ago to provide extra capacity, given the regular overcrowding at the Emergency Department.

    Mayo FG Deputy Alan Dillon says a feasibility study is taking place in regard to developing a new 50-bed ward block at the Castlebar hospital, but in the meantime, the long-awaited temporary modular unit will be in place in early November.....

  • 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.