The number of patients being referred by Westdoc to the Emergency Department of Mayo University Hospital, is contributing to the overcrowding at the Emergency Department of the hospital. That’s the view of Castlebar councillor Michael Kilcoyne.

The Independent councillor, a member of the HSE West Forum, is seeking details about the Westdoc Service from HSE West Management.

WestDoc is the out-of-hour GP urgent service available to patients in Mayo, Galway and Roscommon from 6pm to 9am daily and all day Saturday, Sunday, and Bank Holidays.

Councillor Kilcoyne claims that many people have been contacting him and other councillors outlining their frustrations with the system. He says people are telling him of excessive waits to be seen by a Westdoc practitioner, the need to transport a sick person from distances between places like Westport and Knock to be seen, and the frequency that patients are being advised to attend the emergency department of a hospital.

The councillor has been telling Midwest News Editor Teresa O’Malley why he is seeking more clarity on the service from HSE Management…




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