elderly patients

  • 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.


  • Sligo University Hospital is the 4th most-overcrowded hospital in the country today, with 42 patients on trolleys.

    There are 21 patients on trolleys at both University Hospital Galway and Portiuncla in Ballinasloe, with 13 people waiting for a bed at Mayo University Hospital.

    The INMO says, across the country, 649 patients on are on trolleys today, waiting for admission to a bed.

    That's 30 fewer than yesterday - which was the busiest day of the year so far for trolley figures.