outpatient clinics

  • Face to face outpatient clinics at Mayo University Hospital are being deferred for the next 2 weeks.

    The hospital is reverting to virtual outpatient clinics only, and most elective procedures at the Castlebar hospital have also been deferred - apart from time-critical procedures and cancer cases, which are still going ahead.

    Patients are being notified directly of such cancellations.

    The deferrals will be for a 2-week period initially, and will be kept under review.

    General manager of Mayo University Hospital Catherine Donohue says she regrets the impact these deferrals will have on patients, but it's an important part of maintaining critical and emergency services.

    There are currently 50 Covid-positive patients being treated at the hospital, and rising numbers of the virus in the community are likely to lead to further hospitalisations.

  • Visiting restrictions remain in place at hospitals across the Saolta Group - including Mayo and Sligo University Hospitals, University Hospital Galway and Merlin Park, Portiuncla Hospital in Ballinasloe and Roscommon University Hospital.

    The visiting restrictions were introduced last Friday and will continue this week, as an infection control measure.

    Members of the public are asked not to visit hospitals across the Saoltas group, other than end-of-life situations, and other exceptional circumstances, as agreed with the ward manager in advance of visiting.

    However, outpatient, X-Ray and other scheduled appointments and procedures are going ahead as usual at Mayo University Hospital.

    A hospital spokesperson said that, while restrictions are in place for visitors, the services at Mayo University Hospital are not impacted, and all clinics and procedures are running as normal.


  • Outpatient clinics at Mayo University Hospital have restarted, following the recent cyber attack on the HSE's IT systems, which resulted in the widespread cancellation of services.

    The HSE says outpatient clinics have resumed, with a combination of face-to-face and virtual clinics, and these are growing in numbers, week on week.

    As services resume for outpatients and day case procedures, patients will be contacted directly from the hospital in relation to their appointments.

    Endoscopy services at the Mayo Hospital are now fully re-established while minor surgery and procedures have also restarted.

    Inpatient surgery is currently at about 35% of previous activity.

    In relation to visitors, Mayo University Hospital is facilitating visits to patients in ward areas by appointment only with visits lasting 30 minutes between the hours of 2 and 4pm each day.