The emergency department at Mayo University hospital had in excess of thirty people on trolleys waiting for a bed on more than two occasions in the past week.

Midwest News spoke to a person who was in the ED at the Castlebar hospital on Sunday and again yesterday when there were 36 patients all on trolleys in cubicles and along the corridor of the ED. The person who spoke to us was there with an elderly parent.

On Sunday the patient waited on a trolley for hours and was eventually discharged, only to be re-admitted yesterday, after waiting hours on a chair to eventually get a trolley.

The man who spoke to Midwest News ,does not wish to be identified, but described the conditions as he and his ill parent  experienced it yesterday (Monday) and the day before (Sunday).

He described the conditions as "dreadful" with no room for staff to deal with sick people. He described it as "third world conditions" and said it is completely unacceptable.

He has today written to the Minister for Health Simon Harris and the HSE about the experience and stresses that staff at the hospital are not to blame for the experience.


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