Staff at Mayo University Hospital do not treat patients with Covid-19 as well as non-Covid patients. That's according to a statement from the Saolta Hospital Group, which was sent to Midwest News yesterday evening, following ongoing concerns expressed by staff at the hospital, local public representatives and the general public that the crossover of staff was continuing at the hospital.
Yesterday, the Cathaoirleach of the Castlebar Municipal District, Councillor Michael Kilcoyne called for HIQA to investigate the practices at the Castlebar hospital, claiming he was unable to get answers to a number of questions he had posed to hospital management.
It followed claims by nursing staff at the hospital as late as last week that staff were working with both Covid and non-Covid patients.
This latest response from Saolta outlines that there are two pathways of care in Mayo University Hospital - one for patients with Covid-19 or suspected cases, and the other for non-Covid patients.
Each pathway has separate wards, separate emergency departments and separate intensive care units.
The statement concludes by saying that "staff do not treat patients with Covid-19 as well as non-Covid 19 patients".