University Hospital Galway

  • Nearly 8,000 admitted patients were forced to wait on trolleys and chairs in our hospitals during September.

    The figures released today by the INMO showed that 7,765 admitted patients were treated without hospital beds last month.

    University Hospital Galway was among the worst affected hospitals with 609 patients on trolleys for the month of September.

    INMO Industrial Relations Officer for the Western Region Anne Burke says nearly 8,000 people on trolleys should be regarded as a national crisis.

    She says their members are telling them they can’t go on with this number of unfilled vacancies and it’s not safe for patients or staff.

  • Nurses and midwives are gathering in protest at hospitals across the country, demanding the HSE make plans for the expected winter increase in patients.

    INMO figures show that August was the worst on record for overcrowding, with hundreds of vacant nursing posts in emergency departments and wards across Ireland.

    The INMO revealed last week that the HSE still does not have a plan to recruit extra staff or reduce services to cope with the demand.

    Nurses and midwives are protesting this lunchtime at the Main Entrance of University Hospital Galway.

  • People don't have an 'absolute right' to have their name spelled with a “fada”, according to the data watchdog.

    A man who was being treated for cancer at University Hospital Galway had complained to the Data Protection Commission after the hospital said it was unable  to include the “fada” on his name.

    The DPC found that an individual doesn't have an 'absolute right' to have their records rectified and that it depends on each individual case.

    According to the Irish Times ,Ciarán Ó Cofaigh (51), alleges the Health Service Executive (HSE) was in breach of EU rules when the hospital told him its computer software does not allow for “fadas”.

    The HSE admits its systems in “various” locations do not accept the accent, which it acknowledges is an integral component of the Ireland’s first official language and necessary to properly spell Irish names.

    After an eight-month investigation into the complaint, the commission has ruled an individual’s right to have their records rectified “is not an absolute right” and “depends on the circumstances in each individual case”.

    It recommended the HSE keep Mr Ó Cofaigh updated about the ability of its systems to accept fadas in the future and that it put a note on his hard-copy file to say he disputes the accuracy of his name on existing records.

  • Plans are being finalised for a new bus service, which will transport cancer patients from Co Mayo to and from University Hospital Galway for radiotherapy treatment on a weekly basis.

    Each year, about 250 patients from Mayo travel to UHG for radiotherapy, and many of these people opt to stay over the Inis Aoibhinn residential facility on the grounds of the hospital from Monday to Friday, only returning home at weekend during their 6-8 week treatment.

    Currently, bus services operate from Donegal, Sligo and Co Galway to the hospital, but no such service exists for the people of Mayo.

    To address this need, Cancer Care West has recently bought a new 29-seater bus, which will transport patients staying over in Inis Aoibhinn.

    It's hoped the bus service will start in mid-February, commencing in Belmullet and travelling through 10 or 12 towns and villages en route to Galway University Hospital.

    A fundraising drive is now underway to meet the costs of the new bus service.


    Cancer Care West in Galway can be contacted on 091 - 545 000 or by visiting

  • 331 people are waiting on trolleys in hospitals across the country this afternoon.

    Figures from the INMO show University Hospital Galway is the most over crowded with 38 people waiting for a bed.

    Tallaght University Hospital in Dublin is next with 29 people on trolleys. 

    There are 21 patients waiting for a bed at Sligo University Hospital, and 11 at Mayo University Hospital.



  • 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.

  • University Hospital Galway has the highest number of patients on trolleys today according to the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation.

    There are 45 patients waiting for a hospital bed at the Galway hospital today.

    Elsewhere there are 29 patients on trolleys at Mayo University Hospital in Castlebar, 20 at Sligo University Hospital and 7 at Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe.

  • 367 people are waiting for beds at hospitals across the country today.

    The Irish nurses and midwives organisation says this is a 15 per cent rise on the same day last year.

    University Hospital Galway and Cork University Hospital are the worst affected today where there are 44 patients waiting on trolleys.

    There are four patients on trolleys at Sligo University Hospital, three at Portiuncula Hospital and two patients waiting for admission to a bed today at Mayo University Hospital.

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

    According to the INMO, the worst affected is Cork University Hospital where 63 people are waiting for beds. 

    It's followed by University Hospital Galway where 50 patients are on trolleys.

    There are 27 patients waiting on trolleys today at Sligo University Hospital.

    There are 15 patients waiting on trolleys at Mayo University Hospital and 4 at Portiuncula Hospital, Ballinasloe.

  • 429 patients are waiting for a bed at hospitals across the country.

    According to the INMO, 290 of those are waiting in emergency departments while 139 are in wards.

    The most overcrowded hospital is University Hospital Galway with 50 patients waiting for admission to a bed today.

    There 18 patients on trolleys today at both Sligo University Hospital and Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe.

    There are twelve patients on trolleys today at Mayo University Hospital.

  • Visiting restrictions have been reduced to just one ward at Galway University Hospital, following a suspected outbreak of the Norovirus vomiting bug.

    Visitor restrictions have now been lifted in St Mary’s ward and St Anthony’s ward, but remain in place in St Enda’s ward.

    Management at UHG say it’s imperative that only essential visiting takes place in St Enda’s ward, and are asking visitors to co-operate with hospital staff.

    Anyone with symptoms of the vomiting bug are asked not to visit patients in the hospital to avoid spreading the virus to sick patients.


  • University Hospital Galway is asking people to comply with visitor restrictions on St. Dominic's Ward due to a number of confirmed cases of the flu.  In order to assist staff in curtailing the spread of the flu virus, it is imperative that only essential visiting takes place at this time in consultation with nurse management on the ward.

    Infection control procedures are in place on the affected ward and will remain in place until further notice.
    There continue to be cases of flu in the community and anyone who is suffering from symptoms of the flu should not visit patients in the hospital to avoid spreading the virus to sick vulnerable patients.

    Meanwhile visiting restrictions have been lifted from St Coman’s Medical Ward in Roscommon University Hospital.