• A man has died at University Hospital Galway after being taken from the water in Salthill earlier today.


    The alarm was raised around midday when the man was taken from the water near Blackrock


    Emergency services quickly transported the man to UHG for treatment, but he has since passed away.


    Gardaí are not releasing details of the man’s identity at this point.

  • Management at University Hospital Galway have apologised for delays in the Emergency Department today, due to a high volume of patients attending.

    There were 45 patients on trolleys at the Galway hospital earlier today according to the INMO – second only to Limerick University Hospital which had 80 patients on trolleys.

    Management say there are a number of reasons for the high volume of patients attending the Emergency Dept in Galway – including the high level of flu in the community, and an increase in the number of elderly patients attending.

    While apologising to patients and their families for the distress and inconvenience, management have also acknowledged the difficult situation for staff, and thanked them for their continued dedication to patient care.

    They’re continuing to implement a number of measures to try to manage the high level of attendances, and say all efforts continue to be made to identify patients who are appropriate for discharge.

    Hospital management are encouraging people to consider all options available to them for their healthcare needs and to protect the ED for those most seriously ill.



  • University Hospital Galway tops the list of overcrowded hospitals today.

    According to the INMO, 468 patients are being treated on trolleys at hospitals across the country today, with 42 people waiting for a bed at UHG.

    Management at the hospital has admitted that the Emergency Department is very busy today and has apologised for the distress and inconvenience caused to patients who are experiencing long wait times for a bed.

    In a statement, management sat UHG say they're committed to treating everyone who presents at the Emergency Department, but they do so in order of medical priority.

    The public are being advised only to attend the Emergency Department in cases of real emergencies, and to contact their GP first.




  • In recognition of International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Day, University Hospital Galway will hold a candle lighting memorial ceremony on Sunday next, (October 13)  at 3.30pm in the hospital canteen in the nurse’s home at University Hospital Galway (UHG).

    Clinical Midwifery Manager Helen Byrnes says they are inviting parents and their families who have experienced grief through the death of a baby to the special candle lighting ceremony in memory of those babies who have died through miscarriage, stillbirth or in the neonatal period.

    In honour of International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Day, UHG will be joining over 30 other buildings around Ireland to show their support by lighting up part of the hospital in blue and pink.

  • NUI Galway researchers were part of a team who have found flame-retardant chemicals in the breast milk of Irish mothers.

    Scientists from NUIG, the University of Birmingham and the Food Safety Authority of Ireland concluded that the presence of the chemicals in breast milk “indicates ubiquitous exposure of the Irish population to these contaminants”.

    The Sunday Times reports that the chemicals found are used to treat products including electrical equipment, insulation foam and furniture and exposure pathways include dust, diet and touching treated fabrics.

    The level of exposure of breastfeeding infants to the chemicals was below safe limits set out in legislation.

    However, the authors noted that some research suggests much lower exposure limits are needed.

    They examined 92 milk samples from women attending breastfeeding clinics at the Coombe maternity hospital and University Hospital Galway.

    Last year the same researchers found that Irish people were exposed to toxic and potentially toxic flame retardants in their homes, cars schools and offices.

    The governments consultation documents onUHG furniture fire regulations notes that “international studies have shown that certain flame retardants may be harmful and can pose a risk to humans.”

    It suggests giving the furniture industry a lead-in time of between one and three years to stop using the chemicals

  • The number of patients on hospital trolleys has risen over the 700-mark today, making it one of the busiest days since records began.

    According to the latest trolley watch from the INMO, there are 714 patients on trolleys at hospitals across the country.

    University Hospital Limerick is the most-overcrowded with 80 patients on trolleys, followed by Galway University Hospital where 45 patients are on trolleys.

    There are 35 patients waiting for a bed this lunchtime at Sligo University Hospital and 24 at Mayo University Hospital, with 13 people on trolleys at Portiuncla Hospital in Ballinasloe.




  • Some elected surgeries look set to be cancelled on patients this week, as hospitals try to cope with serious overcrowding in their Emergency Depts.

    There are 760 patients on trolleys in ED departments across the country this lunchtime.

    With 47 patients on trolleys at University Hospital Galway, 22 at Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe, 22 at Mayo University Hospital and 15 at Sligo University Hospital.

    Tuam based Fianna Fail councillor Donagh Killalea, a member of the HSE West Forum,  says the ban on the recruitment of nurses must be lifted immediately if the situation is to be addressed, but in addition, he has condemned the HSE advertising for senior management staff while frontline numbers are in crisis.

    He told Midwest News today that 17 of the 47 patients on trolleys at UHG today are actually on trolleys in wards – and that is of concern in terms of cross contamination.

  • The third National Patient Experience Survey is now underway covering hospitals across the country. 

    This annual survey ,the largest of its kind in Ireland, according to Tracey O'Carroll of HIQA, offers patients the opportunity to share their experiences in hospital and tell hospital management what improvements they believe are necessary. It provides a clear picture of the safety and quality of care in Irish hospitals, as seen through the eyes of patients.

     An estimated 28,000 patients will be eligible to participate in this year’s survey — almost 1000 in Mayo and 2000 patients in Galway.

    The National Patient Experience Survey contains a total of 61 questions on topics such as admission to hospital, care and treatment on the ward, trust in hospital staff, respect and dignity, and discharge from hospital. All patients aged over 16 years-of-age who spend 24 hours or more in hospital and are discharged during the month of May are eligible to participate in the survey.

     To find out more about the survey, you can visit the website www.patientexperience.ie 


  • University Hospital Galway is the most-overcrowded in the country today, with 41 patients on trolleys.

    The latest Trolley Watch from the INMO shows 429 patients waiting for a bed at hospitals across the country today - the highest number at UHG, with 15 on trolleys at Sligo University Hospital, 6 at Mayo University Hospital and 3 at Portiuncla in Ballinasloe.




  • University Hospital Galway is the most overcrowded hospital in the country today, with 46 patients waiting for a bed - according to the Irish Nurses & Midwives Organisation.

    There are 16 patients on trolleys at Mayo University Hospital, 11 at Sligo University Hospital and 6 at Portiuncla in Ballinasloe.

    Reacting to reports of 46 patients on trolleys at University Hospital Galway, Headford-based Fianna Fail Councillor Mary Hoade says it's a difficult situation for patients and staff - yet the delivery of a new Emergency Department is at least three years away.

  • University Hospital Galway is the most-overcrowded hospital in the country today, with 63 patients on trolleys, according to the latest figures from the INMO.

    Across the country, 527 patients are being treated on trolleys, including 63 at UHG, 25 at Mayo University Hospital and 10 at both Sligo University and Portiuncla Hospital in Ballinasloe.


  • Galway University Hospital is the most-overcrowded in the country today, according to the latest Trolley Watch from the Irish Nurses & Midwives Organisation.

    There are 41 patients waiting for a bed today at the Galway Hospital – while Limerick is the next busiest with 40 patients on trolleys.

    Elsewhere in this region there are 15 people waiting for a bed at Mayo University Hospital, * at Sligo University Hospital and 4 in Portiuncla.

    Across the country today, there are 461 patients on hospital trolleys.



  • Visiting restrictions are being put in place at University Hospital Galway due to an increase in the number of patients with flu.

    The public are asked not to visit St Nicholas' Ward at the hospital, in an effort to prevent the spread of flu.

    In addition to the restrictions on this ward, hospital management are asking the public to consider limiting their visiting in other parts of the hospital, and not to visit at all if they themselves have recently had symptoms of flu.



  • Visitor restrictions have been put in place at two wards at University Hospital Galway, due to a number of suspected cases of the vomiting bug.

    The Saolta Hospital group has confirmed that visitor restrictions are in place on St Anthony’s ward and St Mary’s ward.

    In order to assist staff in curtailing the spread of the Norovirus, management says only essential visiting should take place, and children should not visit the hospital as they may be particularly susceptible to the illness.

    Visitors are asked to comply with the restrictions and use the hand gels supplied as they enter and leave the hospital.

    Anyone in the community with symptoms of the virus should not visit the hospital, to avoid spreading the virus to vulnerable patients.


  • There are 49 patients on trolleys waiting for a hospital bed again today at University Hospital Galway, yesterday there were 52 patients on trolleys at the facility and generally the numbers of patients presenting at the Emergency Department of the hospital continue to rise.

    The numbers are impacting on elective procedures at the hospital, according to Headford based Fianna Fail councillor Mary Hoade.

    HSE management confirmed last week that there has been a 4 percent rise in demand on the ED of University Hospital Galway in the first eight months of this year over last year.

    According to the INMO trolley Watch figures today there are 17 patients on trolleys at Mayo University Hospital, 23 at Sligo University Hospital and 1 at Portiuncula in Ballinasloe.

    The ongoing overcrowding at the ED at Galway University Hospital and its impact on elective surgery in Galway has been highlighted by cllr Hoade at a recent HSE West Forum meeting.

    The Fianna Fail councillor says she is aware of many patients who have had their elective procedures cancelled at short notice due to the demands for beds at UHG.

    A new Emergency dept  at UHG to meet the increasing demands was approved by government almost five years ago, but to date, councillor Hoade says no planning has been sought for the development.