Sligo University Hospital

  • 2018 has seen the worst October on record for hospital overcrowding, with 9,055 admitted patients forced to wait on trolleys and chairs for beds in hospitals right across the country.
     
    This is over twice (+124%) the numbers on trolleys when the INMO Trolley Watch began in 2006. 

    Sligo University Hospital has seen a dramatic rise in the number of patients on trolleys last month, compared to the same month last year. The figure has jumped to 454 from 193.
     
    University Hospital Limerick had over a thousand patients on trolleys last month – the highest in the country. This is the equivalent of Limerick’s total bed capacity twice over.
     
    Five hospitals saw over 500 patients on trolleys last month including  University Hospital Galway at  716, that’s up from 679 in October 2017.

    There were 166 patients waiting on trolleys at Mayo University Hospital last month, up from 152 last year.

    Ballymote based Fianna Fail councillor Keith Henry is a member of the HSE West Forum and he says the figures in Sligo are of concern to the people of the region, considering that the situation is set to get much worse when the flu/ winter season peaks.

  • There are 21 patients on trolleys today at University Hospital Galway.

    That’s according to the latest trolley watch from the INMO.

    16 patients are waiting for admission to a bed today at Mayo University Hospital while there are nine patients on trolleys today at Sligo University Hospital.

  • There are 548 people on trolleys at hospitals across the country today, according to the latest figures from the INMO.

    University Hospital Limerick is the most over-crowded with 61 patients waiting for a bed, followed by Sligo University Hospital with 39 patients on trolleys.

    There are 34 people waiting for a bed at Galway University Hospital, 18 at Mayo University Hospital and 15 at Portiuncla in Ballinasloe.

     

  • There are 40 patients on trolleys today at Sligo University Hospital, the second highest figure in the country.

    That’s according to the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation.

    University Hospital Limerick has the highest figure today – at 41.

    Nationwide there are 535 patients on hospitals trolleys today.

    At University Hospital Galway there are 36 waiting for a hospital bed, 14 at Mayo University Hospital and 3 at Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe.

     

     

     

  • The number of patients on trolleys at hospitals across the country today has risen to 617.

    Cork University Hospital is the worst affected, with 55 people awaiting a bed, according to the INMO.

    That's followed by 51 at University Hospital Limerick and 48 at South Tipperary General Hospital.

    In this region, there are 41 patients waiting for a bed at both Sligo and Galway University Hospitals.

    13 patients are on trolleys at Portiuncla in Ballinasloe, and 9 at Mayo University Hospital.

     

    Meanwhile the INMO says the risk of further industrial action by nurses has not been eliminated.

    The union yesterday objected strongly at the Labour Court to controversial management proposals for a new contract, which included major changes to existing shift patterns and the right to redeploy nursing staff by up to 40km during shifts.

    Speaking after the hearing, INMO general secretary Phil Ni Sheaghdha said if industrial action was reinstated, it would be because of the employers' insistence on imposing what she called a "punitive" contract.

    She claimed the proposed shift changes and redeployment were not necessary, and would worsen recruitment and retention difficulties.

     

     

     

  • There are almost 600 patients on trolleys at hospitals across the country today, according to the Irish Nurses & Midwives Organisation, which is preparing to ballot its members on industrial action.

    In this region, the highest number on trolleys is at Sligo University Hospital, where 45 patients are waiting for admission to a bed.

    There are 35 patients on trolleys at Galway University Hospital and 10 patients waiting for a bed at Mayo University Hospital.

     

    The Irish Medical Organisation claims a lack of beds and resources, rather than doctors and nurses on Christmas holidays, are causing overcrowding in hospitals.

    The IMO was responding to comments the Taoiseach made yesterday, that nurses and hospital consultants should not take holidays in early January.

    Mr Varadkar told the Dail that a new HSE winter plan is needed where hospitals are not effectively closed for seven of the 12 days over Christmas and New Year.

    The Taoiseach said that, in such a plan “consultants would not be on holidays in the first week of the year, particularly those who work in emergency departments and nurses will not be on leave in the first two weeks of January”.

    He said radiology departments and laboratories should be open and operating “at full whack” over Christmas and new year.

    However, Dr Peader Gilligan President of the Irish Medical Organisation said blaming doctors and nurses for the failures of the health system was not appropriate - when the reality is that the lack of capacity is the reason for overcrowding.

  • University Hospital Galway has the highest number of patients on trolleys in the country this afternoon – with 47 people waiting on a hospital bed.

    That’s the highest in the country, along with Cork University Hospital, where there are also 47 patients on trolleys.

    There are 480 patients on trolleys nationwide this afternoon – 23 of those at Sligo University Hospital, 7 at Mayo University Hospital and 6 at Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe.

  • There are 48 patients on trolleys today at University Hospital Galway – the third highest figure in the country.

    According to the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation there are 480 patients on trolleys nationwide – with 50 waiting for a bed in both Cork University Hospital and University Hospital Limerick.

    Elsewhere there 26 patients on trolleys at Mayo University Hospital, 29 at Sligo University Hospital and 5 at Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe.

  • The number of people on hospital trolleys has hit 631 today - the highest figure recorded so far this year.

    University Hospital Limerick is again the most over-crowded with 55 patients waiting on a bed.

    That's followed by 50 patients on trolleys at Sligo University Hospital, according to the INMO.

    There are 37 patients waiting for a bed at University Hospital Galway and 15 at Mayo University Hospital.

     

     

  • There are 53 patients on trolleys at University Hospital Galway this afternoon, the second highest figure in the country.

    The highest number of patients on trolleys is at Cork University Hospital today, with the figure standing at 54.

    Nationally there are 511 patients on trolleys this afternoon.

    There are 30 patients on trolleys at Sligo University Hospital, 24 at Mayo University Hospital and none at Portiuncla Hospital in Ballinasloe.

  • A man driving a tractor died  in a road collision in county Leitrim yesterday afternoon.

    Gardaí in Manorhamilton are investigating the circumstances of single vehicle fatal traffic collision.

    At approximately 1pm an 80-year-old man died when his tractor struck a ditch as he drove out of a field onto a local road at Leckaun. Emergency services and Gardaí attended at the scene. The man was pronounced dead a short time later. His body was removed to University Hospital Sligo where a post-mortem examination will be carried out.

    His name has not yet been released by gardai.

    The crash site has been preserved and will be examined by Garda Forensic Collision Investigators this morning. The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact Manorhamilton Garda Station 071-9820620 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.

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    Almost 1.5 million euro was raised in car parking charges at Galway University Hospital in 2017, the hospital’s car park is operated by a private company.

    At Mayo University Hospital , car parking charges are in the hospital’s control and 340,000 was collected in the car park.

    A  private company operates the car park at Portiuncula hospital in Ballinasloe, where 167,000 euro was raised last year.

    There are no car parking charges at Roscommon University Hospital.

    While a private operator collected just short of a half a million euro in car parking charges at Sligo University Hospital in 2017.

     

  • A motorcyclist has been killed in a crash involving a school bus in Co Leitrim.

    It happened this morning in Cloone.

    This crash, between a motorcyclist and school bus, happened on the Cloone-Fenagh road just before 8 am.

    The motorcyclist, who is in his 20s, was pronounced dead at the scene.

    His body has been removed to Sligo University hospital for a post-mortem exam.

    The bus driver was taken to the same hospital to be treated for shock.

    Bus Eireann has confirmed that five children were on board the bus at the time of the incident, but they were not injured. 

  • Sligo Fianna Fail deputy Eamon Scanlon is calling for clarification from Minister for Mental Health Jim Daly as to whether or not a contract has been signed for construction to begin on the long promised new psychiatric unit at Sligo University Hospital.

    The 27 bed new unit But was thrown into doubt in recent days  with Health Minister Simon Harris having told Public Expenditure Minister Paschal Donohue that there’s a funding gap of €109m this year in the capital plan for the health service.

    Deputy Scanlon raised the issue in the Dail yesterday and while Minister Daly said the contract for the development was signed on Tuesday of this week, the deputy says he contacted the successful contractor today and  - no contract has yet been signed.

    The Sligo Leitrim deputy told Midwest News  today that he will seek further clarification from Minister Daly later today. 

  • Despite severe overcrowding at the Emergency Dept of Sligo University Hospital at times over the past summer, additional beds to deal with a likely increase in patients over the winter months have not been sanctioned.

    That was confirmed  by HSE West management  in response to a question submitted by Independent Leitrim Cllr Phelim Gurn at last week’s HSE West Forum meeting in Galway.

    The Councillor believes additional flu vaccines should be provided to reduce the number of patients presenting at the hospital.

    HSE Management explained that while the hospital has made a submission for 46 additional medical beds at the facility, a decision on the funding application for these beds is still awaited. In the meantime, a number of internal initiatives are underway to assist in improved discharging and patient flow in the hospital.

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    A Fine Gael Senator has raised concerns with the Junior Health Minister about the delay in considering the need for a fixed Cath Lab at Sligo University Hospital.

    Senator Frank Feighan says he understands that a business case for a fixed Cath Lab has been submitted nationally but it looks like this will not be advanced until the National Review of Cardiac Services is completed.

    Minister McGrath has informed Senator Feighan that the review will not be completed until June 2019 and while the Senator has acknowledged the value of that review, he says he is concerned about the delay in considering a fixed Cath Lab for Sligo.

    Senator Feighan says the need for a permanent Cath Lab in Sligo is compelling, with the crucial 90-minute window in the event of somebody having a heart attack. He says for those living in Sligo and the North-West, this poses a major challenge with poor road infrastructure and lack of access to life-saving cardiac services.

  • 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.

  • Sligo University Hospital has the second highest number of patients on trolleys nationally today, according to the INMO.

    There are 28 patients waiting for a bed at the Sligo hospital - second only to 46 patients on trolleys at Limerick University Hospital.

    8 patients are waiting for a bed at UHG and 4 at Mayo University Hospital, while across the country, the number on trolleys today is 297.

    Sligo University Hospital has seen a dramatic rise in the number of patients on trolleys over the past month.

    During the month of October, there were 454 people on trolleys - more than double the figure for October last year.

  • 478 patients are waiting for a bed at hospitals across the country this morning.

    321 of them are waiting in emergency departments, according to the INMO.

    Sligo University Hospital and University Hospital Limerick both have 37 people on trolleys followed by Cork University Hospital on 35.

    There are 28 patients on trolleys today at University Hospital Galway, 22 at Mayo University Hospital and there is one patient on a trolley today at Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe.

  • The overcrowding crisis continues at hospitals across the country this afternoon, with University Hospital Galway having the highest number of patients on trolleys.

    There are 51 patients on trolleys at University Hospital Galway this afternoon.

    Nationally there are 614 patients waiting on a trolley for a bed this afternoon.

    There are 34 patients on trolleys at Sligo University Hospital today, 13 at Mayo University Hospital and 7 at Portiuncla Hospital in Ballinasloe.