Mayo University Hospital

  • Mayo University Hospital spent over €5.3 million on agency staff last year.

    The HSE has released figures which show that, every day last year, almost €1 million was spent on agency staff nationally, to fill posts left vacant due to recruitment and retention issues.

    A breakdown of the figures shows €5.3 million was spent on agency staff at Mayo University Hospital, of which €590,000 was spent on agency nurses while €1.6 million was spent on medical and dental staff.

    Mayo Sinn Fein Senator Rose Conway-Walsh told Midwest News that this spend on agency staff is not prudent or sustainable, as agency staff are more expensive than directly-employed staff.

  • The number of patients on trolleys at Mayo University Hospital today has halved since yesterday, according to the latest figures from the INMO.

    There were 31 patients on trolleys at the Castlebar hospital yesterday - the highest number in the Western region.

    Today's Trolley Watch reports 16 patients on trolleys at both Mayo and Sligo University Hospitals, with 8 at UHG.

    Nationally, there are 469 patients waiting for a hospital bed this lunchtime - down from 505 yesterday.

    Meanwhile, the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation are meeting with the HSE this afternoon to try and avert strike action.

    It's the latest attempt for both sides to reach agreement in the row over pay and recruitment.

    Nurses and midwives are due to stage the first of 6 strikes next Wednesday 30th January.

  • There are 21 patients on trolleys today at University Hospital Galway.

    That’s according to the latest trolley watch from the INMO.

    16 patients are waiting for admission to a bed today at Mayo University Hospital while there are nine patients on trolleys today at Sligo University Hospital.

  • A 24 hour strike will take place at 38 hospitals and healthcare facilities across the country on June 20th.

    The action is being taken by hospital support workers in a row over pay increases linked to a job evaluation scheme.

    SIPTU claims the government has yet to honour commitments made under public sector agreements since 2010.

  • There are 46 patients on trolleys today at Mayo University Hospital which is the second highest number in the country.

    That's according to the latest trolley watch from the INMO, which also shows there are 23 patients on trolleys at University Hospital Galway and 13 patients waiting for admission to a bed today at Sligo University Hospital.

    Nationally there are 373 patients on trolleys.

  • University Hospital Galway has the highest number of patients on trolleys in the country this afternoon – with 47 people waiting on a hospital bed.

    That’s the highest in the country, along with Cork University Hospital, where there are also 47 patients on trolleys.

    There are 480 patients on trolleys nationwide this afternoon – 23 of those at Sligo University Hospital, 7 at Mayo University Hospital and 6 at Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe.

  • There are 48 patients on trolleys today at University Hospital Galway – the third highest figure in the country.

    According to the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation there are 480 patients on trolleys nationwide – with 50 waiting for a bed in both Cork University Hospital and University Hospital Limerick.

    Elsewhere there 26 patients on trolleys at Mayo University Hospital, 29 at Sligo University Hospital and 5 at Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe.

  • Galway University Hospital is once again the most overcrowded in the country, with 57 patients on trolleys today.

    According to the Irish Nurses & Midwives Organisation, the number on trolleys nationally has risen to 558.

    This includes 57 at UHG, 25 at Sligo University Hospital and 26 at Mayo University Hospital.

     Figures also show that, during the month of November, 178 patients spent time on trolleys at Mayo University Hospital, with an average waiting time of 12 hours on a trolley in the Emergency Department.

    The figures were confirmed to Castlebar Independent Councillor Michael Kilcoyne at a recent meeting of the HSE regional forum in Galway.

    Councillor Kilcoyne claims there are many Third World and developing countries that have a more satisfactory health service at present that what's being provided to sick people in Co Mayo....

  • 85% of patients who took part in a survey have rated their experience at Mayo University Hospital as good or very good - which is higher than the national average.

    816 people who were discharged from Mayo University Hospital during the month of May were invited to take part in the National Patient Experience Survey, detailing their experience at the Castlebar hospital.

    54% or 440 people completed the survey - and of these, 81% were emergency admissions to hospital.

    60% said their overall experience at the hospital was very good, 25% rated their care as good, and 14% said the care given to them was fair to poor.

    The majority said they were treated with dignity and respect, and said they were involved in decisions about their care and treatment.

    However, the survey also shows three areas where improvement is needed.

    40% of respondents said they were not given enough time to discuss their care and treatment with a doctor. A number of patients said they were not told how they could expect to feel after an operation or procedure, and 30% said there should be better information on support services after discharge from hospital.

    In terms of the time patients are waiting in the Emergency Department, Mayo University Hospital performed better than the national average, but still below the HSE targets.


    Almost 1.5 million euro was raised in car parking charges at Galway University Hospital in 2017, the hospital’s car park is operated by a private company.

    At Mayo University Hospital , car parking charges are in the hospital’s control and 340,000 was collected in the car park.

    A  private company operates the car park at Portiuncula hospital in Ballinasloe, where 167,000 euro was raised last year.

    There are no car parking charges at Roscommon University Hospital.

    While a private operator collected just short of a half a million euro in car parking charges at Sligo University Hospital in 2017.


  •  Almost 5 million euro has been spent on ambulances to Mayo University Hospital over the past seven years, and according to Erris based Sinn Fein Senator Rose Conway Walsh it’s too high a price to pay when the service is not under HSE control.

    The senator says the spending €4.8 million on private ambulances since 2011 does not constitute value for money and the money should instead have been spent purchasing and staffing new ambulances.

     She claims that the ambulance services in the HSE have suffered from years of cuts, under investment, and privatisation of ambulance services with over €31 million being spent on private ambulances by the HSE nationally since 2011.

    Mayo University Hospital and the State, she believes, need to ensure that we have a high quality, publicly owned stock of ambulances instead of putting money into the pockets of private companies which does not constitute fiscal prudence.

  • Ronan Fox, Head Chef at Mayo University Hospital, picked up his Aramark’s team Gold medal award in Kilkenny earlier this week.

    Aramark at Mayo University Hospital scooped the title of Ireland’s Healthcare Catererat the 2019 Gold Medal Awards, the leading independent awards programme for the Irish hospitality industry

    The awards recognise caterers who provide exceptional product and service offerings in the healthcare sector.

    Ronan has recently been named ‘Aramark Healthcare Executive Chef’ in recognition of his innovative work and leadership in healthcare food services.

    He told Midwest news today that he is really proud of the talented Aramark team at Mayo University Hospital.

    Our primary focus, he explained, “is always on how we can better meet patient needs and we are committed to delivering a quality of service that always keeps those needs at its heart”.

  • A Castlebar Councillor has asked the HSE why they haven’t made the public aware of an outbreak of the CPE superbug at Mayo University Hospital.

    Independent Councillor Michael Kilcoyne raised the matter at the recent HSE Regional Health Forum meeting this week.

    Ann Cosgrove of the Saolta University Healthcare Group confirmed that through screening processes at Mayo University Hosptial, an increase in the numbers of cases of CPE has been identified.

    She said that all patients that were affected have been communicated with directly by their relevant Consultants.

    Communication has been sent internally throughout the hospital and management is currently working on more detailed information for the public on general issues relating to CPE.

    CPE is an antibiotic resistant organism and for most patients who carry CPE, it never causes any illness but lies harmlessly in the gut. However it can cause major issues in some patients with comprised immune systems.

    Cllr Kilcoyne says he cannot understand why the public haven’t been informed about these increased cases.

  • A service needs to be provided at Mayo University Hospital for people who require cataract operations.

    That's according to Castlebar Independent Councillor Michael Kilcoyne, who says it's unfair that Mayo patients requiring treatment for cataracts are referred to hospitals in Galway and Sligo.

    There are currently over 1800 people on waiting lists at Galway and Sligo University Hospitals for an appointment with a consultant in relation to cataracts, with some people waiting up to two years for a consultation, before their procedure can go ahead.

    The figures were provided to Councillor Kilcoyne at this week's meeting of the HSE Regional Forum in Galway. 

  • Today is World COPD Day, and to mark the event, Mayo University Hospital will host an information day on Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.

    The event takes place in the main foyer of the hospital between 10am and 2pm and the hospital's respiratory team will be on hand to offer advice on stopping smoking, inhaler technique and breathing techniques.

    There will also be spirometry testing available, which is a simple diagnostic test to measure how fast air can move in and out of the lungs, and indicate if there's an obstruction in the airways.

    The hospital is inviting anyone aged over 35 with risk factors including smoking and passive smoking, genetic factors or a history of severe chest infections in childhood to come along this morning for advice.



  • The Cathaoirleach of the Castlebar Municipal District has called for an enquiry, after confidential medical records from a number of patients who attended Mayo University Hospital were found dumped in a local housing estate.

    Hospital management have apologised in writing to a number of former patients, recently discharged from the hospital, whose personal details were found in a refuse sack at the housing estate in Castlebar.

    Refuse staff attached to Mayo County Council made the disturbing find earlier this month, and the council alerted hospital management.

    Management at Mayo University Hospital has now written to the patients informing them of the breach of data protection,and apologising for the breach of confidentiality.

     The letter of apology contained an assurance that Mayo University Hospital treats such matters with 'the utmost seriousness' and said corrective measures have been put in place to prevent such an incident from happening again.

    Hospital management says the matter has been reported to the HSE Consumer Affairs Department and  the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner.

    Castlebar-based Independent Councillor Michael Kilcoyne says he's shocked to hear that sensitive medical data could end up in a refuse bag in a housing estate about a mile from the hospital, and has called for an enquiry into what happened, and who was responsible.





    He says that, over the years, there have been a number of data breaches relating to the HSE West region, and is calling for an enquiry into what happened and who was responsible.

  • A Mayo Councillor is calling on the HSE to provide additional short-term parking spaces close to the entrance at Mayo University Hospital.

    At present, there are just a few parking spaces located at the front of the hospital, close to the hospital entrance and Emergency Department entrance, for those dropping off patients.

    Ballinrobe-based Fianna Fail Councillor Damien Ryan has called on the HSE to provide additional parking close to the entrance, and has suggested using a green area at the front of the hospital for this purpose.

    Councillor Ryan raised the issue at this week's meeting of the HSE Regional Forum, where management said they would investigate the possibility of providing more short-term parking at Mayo University Hospital.

  • The Health Minister will be questioned in the Dáil today over the delays in proceeding with the extension of the Emergency Department at Mayo University Hospital.

    Fianna Fail’s Deputy leader, Mayo TD Dara Calleary, will question Minister Simon Harris on the issue, saying that even though proposals have been submitted to the HSE, there is no sense of urgency in moving towards construction.

    In the meantime, Deputy Calleary says staff work and patients are treated under intolerable conditions at the Emergency Department in Castlebar, and he’s calling for an urgent response from the Minister and from the HSE.



  • With 26 patients on trolleys at Mayo University Hospital, management have confirmed that the Emergency Dept is very busy today with a number of patients awaiting admission, and they're advising people attending the Emergency Department to expect delays.

    The public are being urged only to attend in cases of emergencies, and to contact their GP in the first instance.

    The Full Capacity Protocol has been implemented at the Castlebar hospital, and efforts are being made to identify patients ready for discharge.

    As a result of the pressure, non-urgent elective surgery is being deferred.

    Hospital management says they regret having to postpone any elective procedure, and recognise it's distressing for the patients and their families.

  • The Emergency Department of Mayo University Hospital is extremely busy this afternoon.

    According to the INMO, there are 26 patients waiting for admission to a bed today at the Castlebar based hospital which has been busy all week.

    Nationally, there are 601 patients waiting on trolleys today with 47 patients on trolleys at University Hospital Galway, which is the highest in the country.

    Elsewhere, there are 20 patients on trolleys at Sligo University Hospital and one patient today at Portiuncula Hospital, Ballinasloe.