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  • There were seven ambulances with patients lined up outside Mayo University Hospital in Castlebar last night, as ambulance staff awaited the admittance of their patients to the Emergency Dept of the hospital.

    That’s according to Castlebar Independent councillor Michael Kilcoyne.

     Cllr Kilcoyne told Midwest News today that it’s ironic that the Minister for Climate Action is in Castlebar today, as seven ambulances were forced to keep their vehicles running last night to keep sick patients warm and cared for as they awaited entry to the hospital.

    He says the need for an expansion of the Emergency Dept at MUH has long been both debated and promised by government, and yet sick people in this region are forced to put up with these services.

  • An inquest yesterday (Monday) into the death of a 48-year-old woman, who died at Mayo University Hospital, heard concerns about the treatment provided to her, after she presented with severe back pain.

    The proceedings relate to the death of Anne Marie O'Brien from Castlebar, who died on 2 October 2016.

    Anne Marie O’Brien  attended Mayo University Hospital on two separate occasions in the week before she died, complaining of severe back pain. She was not admitted on either occasion and was sent home with painkillers.

    Ms O'Brien, who had a history of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, took ill at home on 2 October and was taken to hospital by ambulance.

    She had suffered a cardiac arrest and efforts to revive her were unsuccessful. She was pronounced dead shortly after 10pm that night.

    Evidence relating to the care provided to her on both visits will be heard when the inquest resumes later this year.

    The Mayo Coroner Pat O’Connor agreed to hear witness statements from medical personnel who were on duty on these dates, after Mr Tansey submitted that this evidence was central to the inquiry into her death.

    Proceedings have been adjourned to next November to gather these statements and to obtain medical records from the hospital about the treatment provided to Ms O'Brien.

  • Mayo University Hospital says they hope to resume a full schedule of surgery next week, after a number of procedures were postponed at the hospital this week, due to a problem with a water pump.

    The failed water pump in the hospital's Sterile Services Department - where surgical instruments are sterilised for use in theatre - has led to the deferral of a number of procedures.

    In a statement to Midwest News this afternoon, the Saolta Hospital Group said the failed pump was successfully replaced yesterday, and the equipment is being re-commissioned with a view to resuming a full schedule of surgery next week.

    Patients who had their surgery postponed this week will be contacted early next week with a re-scheduled date.

    A hospital spokesperson was not available for interview, but in a statement, management say they realise this has had a significant impact on patients and their families, and regret having to postpone procedures.


  • A Norwegian woman remains in a critical but stable condition in hospital this morning after being struck by a car in Breaffy, Castlebar on Saturday night.

    The 31-year old woman and her 34 year-old male partner were hit by a car on the N60 close to the main entrance of Breaffy House Hotel at 10.50pm on Saturday night.

    The woman suffered serious head injuries and was taken to Mayo University Hospital.

    The 34 year-old man, and the 80 year-old man driving the car received minor injuries and were also taken to hospital for treatment.

    A forensic examination of the scene took place yesterday and anyone with information is asked to contact Gardai.

  • Patients discharged from Mayo University Hospital during the month of May are encouraged to participate in the second National Patient Experience Survey.

    The survey, which is the largest of its kind in Ireland, gives patients the opportunity to share their experiences of hospital care.

     An estimated 28,000 patients across the country will be eligible to take part in this year’s survey. Participants will be asked a total of 61 questions on topics such as confidence and trust in hospital staff, care and treatment on the ward, hospital food, and the provision of information and support upon discharge.

    The survey can be completed either online or in paper form.

    Almost 14,000 patients participated in the inaugural survey last year.

    Catherine Donohoe, General Manager at Mayo University Hospital, says the hospital has welcomed the National Patient Experience Survey adding that the feedback is very important and provides MUH with important information on how it can continue to improve patient care and build on positive patient experience.

    The National Patient Experience Survey is a joint collaboration between the independent health regulator HIQA, the Health Service Executive (HSE) and the Department of Health. To find out more about the survey, visit 


  • Visiting restrictions are in place at Mayo University Hospital, as some patients in B Ward are displaying symptoms of the Norovirus winter vomiting bug.

    Hospital management has put control measures in place to reduce the risk of the virus spreading to other areas in the hospital.

    Anyone with recent symptoms of the vomiting bug or who has had contact with others who have these symptoms should not visit the hospital, to avoid spreading the virus.

    Arrangements will be made for family members of critically ill patients to visit - and this should be arranged through the nurse in charge of the ward before arriving at the hospital.

    Those visiting are asked to use alcohol gel on their hands before and after visiting a relative, and to limit their movement throughout the hospital.

    Meanwhile, patients presenting to Myo University Hospital's Emergency Department, Outpatient Dept or Medical Assessment Unit must advise staff if they've had symptoms of diarrhoea or vomiting, or if a close family member is unwell with these symptoms.


  • A woman was taken to Mayo University Hospital  this evening following a two vehicle collision close to Mulranny.

    The collision between a car and a van occurred shortly before 4pm on the Mulranny to Ballycroy road at Bellacrogher bridge.

    Emergency services attended the scene.

    The road was closed for a time but has since reopened.