The Emergency Department at Mayo University Hospital continues to be extremely busy, is the explanation provided by Saolta Hospital group in response to a Midwest News query yesterday on the line up on Thursday night last of seven ambulances with patients and crews at Mayo University Hospital in Castlebar .
Independent councillor Michael Kilcoyne said it was simply not acceptable that ambulances and staff were all tied up at the hospital as sick patients waited in the ambulances for admittance to the Emergency Dept of the hospital.
In a statement to Midwest News Saolta Hospital group says when a significant number of ambulances attend the ED in the same period, there may be a delay in the patient being handed over to the ED staff.
The hospital regrets that patients would be delayed.
The hospital monitors the ambulance arrivals through the day and constantly try to improve their turnaround time. In recent months the hospital has made significant improvement in the turnaround time but it is a challenge to consistently meet the targets.