Elective procedures and outpatient appointments are being cancelled at University Hospital Galway and Merlin Park Hospital in response to the growing numbers of Covid-19.

The Saolta Hospital group has confirmed to Midwest News this evening that face to face outpatient clinics are being deferred at the Galway University Hospitals for the next two weeks.

The hospital is also deferring surgery from tomorrow - with the exception of very urgent and time-critical surgery.

The hospital says these measures are being taken to help manage the significant and sustained increase in the number of Covid-19 cases being treated.

Patients will be notified directly if their appointment or procedure is being deferred.

The planned cancellation of services from tomorrow at UHG comes as Galway recorded 160 new cases of the virus last night.

There are currently 43 positive Covid patients being treated at UHG.

Visiting restrictions remain in place at the hospital, while people are being urged only to attend the Emergency Department in the case of real emergencies, and otherwise to contact their GP.

Meanwhile on a positive note, the Covid-19 vaccination programme is continuing at UHG - 540 staff have now been vaccinated, with clinics continuing throughout this week and beyond.






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