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  • 1,244 patients over the age of 75 were left waiting over 24 hours to be seen in the Emergency Department at Galway University Hospital last year.

    The HSE has confirmed that, nationally, over 11,000 patients aged over 75 were not seen within 24 hours at hospital Emergency Departments in 2017.

    The situation has been described as “borderline criminal” by Galway Sinn Fein Councillor Mairéad Farrell, who says elderly patients are often the most vulnerable, and bring treated urgently can prevent escalation of injury.

    She says it’s unacceptable that anyone is left waiting on a trolley for over 24 hours- but particularly elderly people.

     

  • It’s emerged that a number of hospitals are routinely missing their targets for treating cancer patients within 15 days of diagnosis.

    As a result, hundreds of people were last year forced to wait for chemotherapy, according to figures published in the Irish Independent.

    The worst offender was The Mater Hospital in Dublin where one-in-three cancer patients got delayed treatment last year.

    The National Cancer Control Programme has set a target that 95% of cancer patients should receive IV treatment within 15 days of diagnosis, but at Galway University Hospital, 22% of patients did not receive IV treatment within the 15-day target last year, and this figure was 25% at Portiuncla Hospital in Ballinasloe.

    Mayo and Sligo University Hospitals fared better, with 99% of patients at both hospitals receiving chemotherapy treatment within 15 days of diagnosis.

     

     

  • 522 people are waiting on trolleys in hospitals across the country today. 

    According to the INMO, the worst affected is University Hospital Limerick where 68 people are waiting for beds. 

    The second most-overcrowded is University Hospital Galway, where 37 patients are on trolleys.

    There are 16 patients waiting for a bed at Mayo University Hospital, 12 in Sligo and 2 on trolleys at Portiuncla Hospital in Ballinasloe.

     

     

     

     

  • The overcrowding crisis continues at Galway University Hospital, with 43 patients on trolleys today.

    Yesterday there were 50 patients on trolleys at the Galway Hospital, and the full capacity protocol was put in place, with people urged to contact their GP before attending the Emergency Department.

    Today, there are 465 patients on hospital trolleys across the country, according to the Irish Nurses & Midwives Organisation.

    Galway University Hospital is the third most overcrowded with 43 patients waiting for a bed, with 15 people on trolleys at Sligo University Hospital and 4 at Mayo University Hospital.

     

     

  • Despite the Summer season, overcrowding continues at hospitals across the country with 458 people on trolleys today, according to the INMO.

    Galway University Hospital is the second most overcrowded, with 50 patients waiting for admission to a bed.

    The busiest is University Hospital Limerick with 56 patients on trolleys.

    Elsewhere in this region, there are 16 on trolleys at Sligo University Hospital,  4 at Mayo University Hospital and 1 at Portiuncla Hospital.

     

     

     

     

  • The Emergency Department at University Hospital Galway is extremely busy this afternoon, with a large number of patients awaiting admission to the hospital. 

    In a statement Saolta University Hospital Group management apologised to patients and their families for these delays.

    The Full Capacity Protocol has been implemented and all efforts continue to be made to identify patients who are appropriate for discharge. 

    Management at the hospital would like to advise people who are attending the Emergency Department at University Hospital Galway today to expect significant delays.

    They have reminded the public that they encourage them to attend the Emergency Department only in the case of real emergencies and they should contact their GP or GP Out-of-Hours service in the first instance.

    University Hospital Galway again apologises to all patients and their families for any distress caused as a result of these delays.

     

     

  • Management at University Hospital Galway have apologised for delays in the Emergency Department today, due to a high volume of patients attending.

    There were 45 patients on trolleys at the Galway hospital earlier today according to the INMO – second only to Limerick University Hospital which had 80 patients on trolleys.

    Management say there are a number of reasons for the high volume of patients attending the Emergency Dept in Galway – including the high level of flu in the community, and an increase in the number of elderly patients attending.

    While apologising to patients and their families for the distress and inconvenience, management have also acknowledged the difficult situation for staff, and thanked them for their continued dedication to patient care.

    They’re continuing to implement a number of measures to try to manage the high level of attendances, and say all efforts continue to be made to identify patients who are appropriate for discharge.

    Hospital management are encouraging people to consider all options available to them for their healthcare needs and to protect the ED for those most seriously ill.

     

     

  • The number of patients on hospital trolleys has risen over the 700-mark today, making it one of the busiest days since records began.

    According to the latest trolley watch from the INMO, there are 714 patients on trolleys at hospitals across the country.

    University Hospital Limerick is the most-overcrowded with 80 patients on trolleys, followed by Galway University Hospital where 45 patients are on trolleys.

    There are 35 patients waiting for a bed this lunchtime at Sligo University Hospital and 24 at Mayo University Hospital, with 13 people on trolleys at Portiuncla Hospital in Ballinasloe.

     

     

     

  • Galway University Hospital is the most-overcrowded in the country today, according to the latest Trolley Watch from the Irish Nurses & Midwives Organisation.

    There are 41 patients waiting for a bed today at the Galway Hospital – while Limerick is the next busiest with 40 patients on trolleys.

    Elsewhere in this region there are 15 people waiting for a bed at Mayo University Hospital, * at Sligo University Hospital and 4 in Portiuncla.

    Across the country today, there are 461 patients on hospital trolleys.

     

     

  • Visitor restrictions have been put in place at two wards at University Hospital Galway, due to a number of suspected cases of the vomiting bug.

    The Saolta Hospital group has confirmed that visitor restrictions are in place on St Anthony’s ward and St Mary’s ward.

    In order to assist staff in curtailing the spread of the Norovirus, management says only essential visiting should take place, and children should not visit the hospital as they may be particularly susceptible to the illness.

    Visitors are asked to comply with the restrictions and use the hand gels supplied as they enter and leave the hospital.

    Anyone in the community with symptoms of the virus should not visit the hospital, to avoid spreading the virus to vulnerable patients.