The Emergency Department (ED) at University Hospital Galway has been extremely busy over the past week with high numbers of people attending the department who need to be admitted to hospital for ongoing treatment. There are very high numbers of patients on trollies in the assessment areas and the hospital is in full capacity protocol.

In addition, there is pressure on bed availability in the hospital due to the number of patients with COVID-19 in the hospital. There are currently 54 patients with COVID-19 being treated in the hospital. Three wards in the hospital are dedicated to care for patients with COVID-19 and a further two wards are affected by outbreaks of COVID-19 which is limiting the availability of beds for patients coming in through the ED.

All available beds are in use. Every effort is being made to discharge patients who are ready to go home so that beds will become available for patients who need to be admitted, at the earliest opportunity.

The hospital acknowledges that these delays are very difficult for patients and their families and apologises for the inconvenience and distress these delays cause.

As an alternative to the Emergency Department - for minor injuries - the Injury Unit in Roscommon University Hospital is open from 8am to 8pm every day to treat a range of injuries in both adults and children over five years of age.

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