• 1,244 patients over the age of 75 were left waiting over 24 hours to be seen in the Emergency Department at Galway University Hospital last year.

    The HSE has confirmed that, nationally, over 11,000 patients aged over 75 were not seen within 24 hours at hospital Emergency Departments in 2017.

    The situation has been described as “borderline criminal” by Galway Sinn Fein Councillor Mairéad Farrell, who says elderly patients are often the most vulnerable, and bring treated urgently can prevent escalation of injury.

    She says it’s unacceptable that anyone is left waiting on a trolley for over 24 hours- but particularly elderly people.


  • It’s emerged that a number of hospitals are routinely missing their targets for treating cancer patients within 15 days of diagnosis.

    As a result, hundreds of people were last year forced to wait for chemotherapy, according to figures published in the Irish Independent.

    The worst offender was The Mater Hospital in Dublin where one-in-three cancer patients got delayed treatment last year.

    The National Cancer Control Programme has set a target that 95% of cancer patients should receive IV treatment within 15 days of diagnosis, but at Galway University Hospital, 22% of patients did not receive IV treatment within the 15-day target last year, and this figure was 25% at Portiuncla Hospital in Ballinasloe.

    Mayo and Sligo University Hospitals fared better, with 99% of patients at both hospitals receiving chemotherapy treatment within 15 days of diagnosis.



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

    According to the INMO, the worst affected is University Hospital Limerick where 68 people are waiting for beds. 

    The second most-overcrowded is University Hospital Galway, where 37 patients are on trolleys.

    There are 16 patients waiting for a bed at Mayo University Hospital, 12 in Sligo and 2 on trolleys at Portiuncla Hospital in Ballinasloe.





  • 393 people are waiting for beds in hospitals across the country this morning.

    275 are waiting in the emergency department, while 118 are in wards elsewhere in the hospital, according to the INMO.

    The worst-hit hospital today is Cork University Hospital with 64 people waiting for a bed.

    In this region, there are 27 patients on trolleys at University Hospital Galway, 15 patients at Sligo University Hospital and seven at Mayo University Hospital.

  • 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.




  • The overcrowding crisis continues at Galway University Hospital, with 43 patients on trolleys today.

    Yesterday there were 50 patients on trolleys at the Galway Hospital, and the full capacity protocol was put in place, with people urged to contact their GP before attending the Emergency Department.

    Today, there are 465 patients on hospital trolleys across the country, according to the Irish Nurses & Midwives Organisation.

    Galway University Hospital is the third most overcrowded with 43 patients waiting for a bed, with 15 people on trolleys at Sligo University Hospital and 4 at Mayo University Hospital.



  • Despite the Summer season, overcrowding continues at hospitals across the country with 458 people on trolleys today, according to the INMO.

    Galway University Hospital is the second most overcrowded, with 50 patients waiting for admission to a bed.

    The busiest is University Hospital Limerick with 56 patients on trolleys.

    Elsewhere in this region, there are 16 on trolleys at Sligo University Hospital,  4 at Mayo University Hospital and 1 at Portiuncla Hospital.





  • Galway University Hospital is topping the INMO's daily trolley count today, with 52 patients waiting for a bed at the hospital.

    This is the highest figure nationally today, with 475 patients on trolleys at hospitals across the country.

    Sligo University Hospital has 30 patients waiting for a bed, with 14 at Mayo University Hospital and 3 at Portiuncla Hospital in Ballinasloe.






  • There's been another drop in the number of patients waiting on trolleys at hospitals across the country.

    520 people are without beds today, down from 621 yesterday, and a record high of 760 on Monday and Tuesday.

    University Hospital Limerick is the worst affected facility with 48 people on trolleys, followed by University Hospital Galway with 45 patients on trolleys.

    There are 21 on trolleys at Portiuncla Hospital in Ballinasloe, 19 in Sligo and 9 at Mayo University Hospital.

    Elective surgery is being cancelled at hospitals across the Saolta group this week as a result of the overcrowding, with the exception of a limited number of urgent cases.

    The INMO says there's still a dangerous number of patients without beds, but says any progress is welcome.

    The nursing union is calling for the HSE and Government to act on safe staffing, to ensure that this week's record high trolley numbers are never reached again.

  • Galway University Hospital is once again the most overcrowded in the country, with 57 patients on trolleys today.

    According to the Irish Nurses & Midwives Organisation, the number on trolleys nationally has risen to 558.

    This includes 57 at UHG, 25 at Sligo University Hospital and 26 at Mayo University Hospital.

     Figures also show that, during the month of November, 178 patients spent time on trolleys at Mayo University Hospital, with an average waiting time of 12 hours on a trolley in the Emergency Department.

    The figures were confirmed to Castlebar Independent Councillor Michael Kilcoyne at a recent meeting of the HSE regional forum in Galway.

    Councillor Kilcoyne claims there are many Third World and developing countries that have a more satisfactory health service at present that what's being provided to sick people in Co Mayo....

  • September was the worst month of 2019 for trolley figures at Irish hospitals, with over 10,600 patients on trolleys across the country last month.

    It was also the worst September on record for overcrowding, according to the INMO.

    Figures released today show Galway University Hospital had the third-highest number of patients on trolleys, with 884 people on trolleys during the past month - the highest September figure at the Galway hospital in the past 15 years.

    University Hospital Limerick was the most overcrowded in the country last month, with over 1400 patients on trolleys.

    INMO General Secretary Phil Ní Sheaghda says the figures are astonishing, especially outside of Winter, and are placing a massive strain on frontline staff.

    The INMO says it's a capacity issue - more hospitals beds and more nurses are needed.

    Sligo University Hospital had almost 400 patients on trolleys during the past month, with 110 at Mayo University Hospital - which was down on previous years.


  • The first baby of 2019 born at University Hospital Galway arrived into the world at 11.27 yesterday morning.

    Baby Tadhg O'hEochaidh was born to parents Clíodhna Griffin and Éinne Ó hEochaidh at the Galway hospital.




  • Construction is to begin shortly on a new radiation oncology centre at University Hospital Galway.

    The three-storey facility will include seven radiotherapy treatment units, two CT rooms, on-treatment support and ancillary services and administration facilities.

    The radiation oncology centre is being built on the site of the former acute mental health units, and work has been taking place over the last 6 months to clear the site, to enable construction to begin.

    Chris Kane, general manager of Galway University Hospitals, says this is a hugely important development for cancer patients in the West.

    The tender process is currently being concluded, and the contractor will be appointed shortly with construction work expected to take about two years.



  • The number of patients on trolleys at hospitals nationwide has dropped, after record numbers over the past two days.

    Latest figures from the INMO show 621 people are waiting for beds today, down from 760 for the past two days.

    University Hospital Limerick remains the worst affected facility with 63 people on trolleys, followed by 46 at University Hospital Galway.

    There are 20 patients on trolleys today at Sligo University Hospital, 15 at Portiuncla in Ballinasloe and 9 at Mayo University Hospital.

    The INMO says this is day three of a 'severe' period of overcrowding, and the intolerable pressure placed on frontline staff and patients continues.

    The nursing union has put forward a 5-point plan to alleviate pressure, and says all of the actions they're proposing could be taken today, or by the end of the week at the latest.

    Meanwhile, as pressure continues on hospital Emergency Departments, the Saolta hospital group has confirmed that elective procedures are cancelled at hospitals across the West & northwest region - with the exception of a limited number of urgent cases.

  • 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.



  • Progress on delivering a new emergency department at University Hospital Galway is very slow, and five years down the line from when it was first promised, planning permission has not yet been sought for the development.

    In the meantime, demand on the department is increasing with more than 5,000 patients presenting themselves at the hospital’s ED in each of the months July, August and September of this year. That’s a 4 percent increase on the same period last year.

    The matter was raised at this week’s HSE West Forum Meeting in Merlin Park by two Galway based Councillors, Headford Fianna Fail Councillor Mary Hoade, and Galway city based Fine Gael Councillor Padraig Conneely.

    Both Councillors expressed concerns that the new ED plans are not moving quickly enough.

    Cllr Hoade says she is aware of many patients who have scheduled surgery in Galway, being told the evening before admission, that due to the volume of patients in the ED that their surgery has been postponed.

    Cllr Conneely told Teresa that he cannot understand why all the groups and agencies involved in progressing the delivery of an urgently required new ED in Galway cannot come together in one room and get things sorted.


  • A young county Galway footballer is recovering in hospital after an accident at a soccer game  yesterday.

    The 18 year old goalkeeper with Ballymoe FC was injured during a match against Boyle Celtic and was airlifted to hospital.

    A group of players collided in the incident.

    While a number of players received what are described as “ minor injuries” , paramedics called an air ambulance to bring the goalie to University Hospital Galway for treatment.

    According to today’s Irish Independent, it is suspected that the goalkeeper may have sustained a fractured jaw, broken teeth and concussion.


  • Every day at University Hospital Galway, the emergency dept is in what’s termed in “full capacity Protocol”  - that is, it is coping with far in excess of the acceptable number of patients waiting on trolleys for beds in the hospital.

    This was confirmed to Galway city based Fianna Fail councillor John Connolly at this week’s HSE West Forum meeting in Merlin Park.

    Today according to the INMO trolley watch figures there are 44 patients on trolleys at the Galway hospital.

    Cllr Connolly told Midwest News today that  the situation is simply not acceptable daily for patients or staff at the hospital and he says he will continue to raise the crisis in the Emergency Dept at UHG at every meeting of the HSE Forum until the situation is resolved.

    There are plans to build a new ED at the hospital but the new facility is still a long way off, as planning permission for the new development has not yet been sought.

  • Cancer Care West have made available their 33-bedroom lodge at University Hospital Galway to the Saolta hospital group, as the battle against Covid-10 continues.

    The Inis Aoibhinn residence is located in the hospital grounds, and is usually used by patients who are undergoing radiotherapy treatment at UHG.

    In response to an urgent request from Saolta, Cancer Care West has now made the unit available to the hospital, and alternative accommodation is being offered to patients in the Harbour Hotel in Galway City.

    The charity started relocating patients to the 3rd floor of the hotel yesterday, and will arrange the necessary transport for patients to and from the hospital as required.

    The Saolta Group says the addition of a facility with 33 private bedrooms on the grounds of the hospital provides them with additional capacity as they continue to build their capability to respond to the pandemic.

    The exact use of the Inis Aoibhinn residence will be determined over the coming days, as the hospital continues to deal with the spread of the virus.

  • It’s important that every effort is made to retain nurses in our hospitals, that’s the view of Headford based Fianna Fail Councillor Mary Hoade, a member of the HSE West Forum.

    At a recent meeting of the forum the councillor submitted a question on the number of new nurses hired at University Hospital Galway and Merlin Park Hospital in the past twelve months.

    In response Ann Cosgrave Chief Operating Officer at Saolta University Health Care Group confirmed that the total number of nurses hired in the last year at both hospitals was 153, including all nursing grades. In addition there were 84 Student General Nursing (pre-reg) hired.

    Councillor Hoade told Midwest News that it is vital to retain and recruit nurses in order to provide the services required at both hospitals