Mayo University Hospital

  • Patients in the recently installed modular unit, that is an extension to the Emergency Dept at Mayo University Hospital, must go outside into the open air, in order to access other services such as scans or x-rays in the main hospital building.
    The situation is not acceptable, according to Castlebar councillor Michael Kilcoyne, who has raised concerns over sick patients having to go out into the elements at all times of the day and night, to access essential medical services.
    The Independent councillor, who is a member of the HSE West Forum, has continuously called for a covered walkway to be put in place to link both locations.
    He raised the matter at a recent HSE West Forum meeting where he was informed by HSE management that there is “no viable solution” to the problem, however, "it continues to be reviewed".
    Cllr Kilcoyne told Midwest News Editor Teresa O’Mallley that the situation is absurd and wrong and believes in light of the present impasse, that very little planning went into locating the new modular unit at the Castlebar 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.

  • There are fewer patients on trolleys today at Mayo University Hospital than earlier this week .

    The latest INMO figures show 16 patients on trolleys awaiting admission to the Castlebar hospital - down from 26 yesterday and 22 the previous day.

    Trolley numbers elsewhere across the region are low, with 4 people on trolleys at Sligo University Hospital, two at UHG and one at Portiuncla in Ballinasloe.



  • 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.

  • A healthcare worker in the south of the country is one of the latest people to be diagnosed with coronavirus in Ireland.

    She'd come into contact with a previously confirmed case and is among five new cases of Covid 19, bringing the total to 18.

    There are now seven people in the west, seven in the east and four in the south being treated for the virus.

    Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn says everything is being done to protect healthcare workers.

    Mayo University Hospital has implemented visiting restrictions which will continue into next week and will be kept under review.

    These restrictions are being put in place as an infection control measure and will apply to all hospitals in the Saolta Group.

    A hospital spokesperson stated, “We are asking the public not to visit the hospital other than end of life situations and other exceptional circumstances as agreed with the ward manager in advance of visiting. To arrange a visit, families should telephone the hospital and request to speak to the relevant ward manager who will decide if a visit can be facilitated without compromising the welfare of the patients on the ward. Children in particular should not visit patients in hospital.

    “We recognise that the visiting restrictions may be challenging for patients and their families, however, our priority must be to protect the patients in the hospital who are vulnerable to infection. We would like to thank members of the public for their co-operation.”


  • The improvement works currently being carried out at two wards of Mayo University Hospital are scheduled to be completed in mid-November.

    In the meantime, the hospital has access to a ward at the Sacred Heart Hospital - and that situation will continue even after the works are completed, according to the HSE - which should ease overcrowding this Winter.

    The issue was raised at a recent HSE Regional Forum meeting by Castlebar-based Independent Councillor Michael Kilcoyne, who questioned management on why it was necessary to close the wards at Mayo University Hospital, and the impact it has had on trolley numbers.

    In recent weeks, the refurbishment works on two wards have been cited as a reason for the high numbers of patients on trolleys - with 25 patients reported on trolleys on one day earlier this month, and 18 on trolleys today (Monday) according to the INMO.

    Councillor Kilcoyne got a commitment from the HSE that Mayo University Hospital will continue to have access to the beds at the Sacred Heart Hospital, once the wards at Mayo University Hospital are reopened.

  • There are 19 patients on trolleys today at both Mayo and Sligo University Hospitals.

    Today's trolley watch from the INMO shows 265 patients admitted to hospitals across the country were waiting for beds, including 19 on trolleys at both Mayo and Sligo University Hospitals and one patient at Portiuncla in Ballinasloe.

    There were no patients reported on trolleys today at University Hospital Galway.

    Meanwhile, as the HSE expresses concern over the increasing number of people being hospitalised with Covid-19, latest figures show there are no confirmed or suspected cases currently being treated at Mayo University Hospital.

    Galway University Hospital is currently treating 3 confirmed and 3 suspected cases of the virus, while 6 patients with suspected Covid-19 are being treated at Sligo University Hospital .

  • Frontline healthcare staff have been experiencing long delays at Mayo University Hospital over the past two days when they arrive to receive their Covid 19 vaccines.

    Waiting times of between 90 minutes and 2 hours standing in a line with others –all waiting to receive their jabs have been reported.

    In response to questions from Midwest News on the long waiting times and queues, the Saolta Hospital group has this evening issued a statement saying

    Mayo University Hospital is currently administering the Covid-19 vaccine to frontline healthcare workers from the hospital, Community Healthcare West and other healthcare staff.

    The vaccine clinic is very busy administering up to 200 vaccines per day and every effort is made to minimise any delays. Staff are advised in advance to register their details on the online covid vaccine portal before attending the hospital for their vaccine appointment and this helps to speed up the flow of people through the clinic. We request that staff attending for their vaccine arrive at the time allocated or wait in their car if they arrive early.

  • 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.

  • There are 22 patients on trolleys once again today at Mayo University Hospital, according to the latest INMO figures.

    It's the 4th highest trolley number in the country, and follows on from 22 on trolleys yesterday also at the Castlebar hospital.

    The Irish Nurses & Midwives Organisation warns that overcrowding and Covid-19 make for a "toxic combination", increasing the risk of infection, and endangering both staff and patients.

    Management at Mayo University Hospital say the upgrade works underway on a number of wards is having a temporary impact on bed availability in the hospital, but they're also using beds in an acute ward at the Sacred Heart Hospital in Castlebar.

    Management are reminding patients that for non-urgent issues, they should contact their GP in the first instance.



  • There were 22 people waiting on trolleys for admission at Mayo University Hospital today . It was the hospital with the third highest number of patients nationally waiting for admission.

    According to the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) there were 22 patients on trolleys at the Castlebar facility.

    University Hospital Limerick at 41, and Cork University Hospital at 43, were the only hospitals to record higher figures today.

    Elsewhere in the region, there were 12 patients on trolleys at Sligo University Hospital and 13 at Portincula Hospital, with none recorded at UHG.

  • 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.

  • Today’s trolley watch figures show 547 people are being treated on trolleys at hospitals across the country.

    University Hospital Limerick is the worst affected with 63 people without beds, according to the INMO.

    24 patients are on trolleys waiting for admission to Mayo University, and 39 waiting for admission to Galway University Hospital- the third highest today nationally. There are 11 patients on trolleys at Portiuncula, and 6 at Sligo University hospital today.

  • The number of patients on trolleys at Mayo University Hospital today has risen to 26.

    There were 22 patients on trolleys at the Castlebar hospital on both Tuesday & Wednesday of this week.

    Management have said that ongoing construction work on a number of wards is impacting on bed availability.

    In a statement this afternoon, management say efforts are being made across the hospital to identify patients who are appropriate for discharge, and the hospital is also using an acute ward in the Sacred Heart Hospital to accommodate some patients.

    Again, they're reminding the public to only attend the Emergency Department in the case of real emergencies, and to contact their GP in the first instance.

    Nationally, there are 214 patients on hospital trolleys today according to the INMO.

    There are 16 patients on trolleys waiting for admission at Sligo University Hospital, compared to 2 at UHG.




  • University Hospital Galway was the third most overcrowded hospital in the country during the month of October, according to new figures from the INMO.

    Over the past month, 885 patients were on trolleys at the Galway hospital  - with only the University Hospitals in Limerick and Cork experiencing higher levels of overcrowding.

    The new report shows there were not enough hospital beds for almost 11 and a half thousand patients in Irish hospitals this month - and says it's the worst-ever October for overcrowding.

    The INMO has warned that patients are at grave risk, due to overcrowding and chronic understaffing.

    INMO General Secretary Phil Ní Sheaghdha says this situation will worsen as winter bites, unless staffing becomes a top priority for the Government.

    She has also written to the HSE to warn that their recruitment pause is putting lives at risk.

    At Mayo University Hospital, there were 261 patients on trolleys during the month of October - up from 166 in October 2018.

    Sligo University Hospital also saw an increase in the number of patients on trolleys - from 716 in October last year to 885 this month.


  • There are 29 patients on trolleys today at Mayo University Hospital - the third highest number in the country.

    Latest figures from the Irish Nurses & Midwives Organisation show 261 patients on trolleys at hospitals across the country  - 29 in Castlebar, 11 at Sligo University Hospital, 10 at Portiuncla in Ballinasloe and 4 patients on trolleys at UHG.

    The high number on trolleys comes a week after the long-awaited modular unit was delivered to Mayo University Hospital, to provide extra bed capacity.

    However, the temporary unit will not be operational until later this month.

    Construction and renovation works are also continuing at the Castlebar hospital- but it's still not acceptable that 29 patients are on trolleys waiting for admission to a bed.

    That's according to the Cathaoirleach of the Castlebar Municipal District, Blackie Gavin.

    Councillor Gavin, who's also a member of the HSE West Forum, is calling on the CEO of the Saolta Hospital Group Tony Canavan to issue a statement in relation to the overcrowding at Mayo University Hospital.

  • There are 29 patients on trolleys waiting for a bed at Mayo University Hospital this afternoon. That’s the third highest number nationally according to the INMO trolley watch figures.

    There are 18 patients on trolleys at Sligo University Hospital, 8 at Portiuncala Ballina sloe and 10 at University Hospital Galway.

    Castlebar councillor says that 29 figure on trolleys at Mayo University Hospital is completely unacceptable and represents 10 percent of the patient capacity at the facility.

    Independent councillor Michael Kilcoyne is a member of the HSE West Forum and speaking to Midwest News is asking why management did not anticipate demand this time of year, when it decided to carry out renovation works at the hospital.

  • There are 881 patients with Covid-19 in acute hospitals nationally, as well as 448 suspected cases.

    A Health Service Executive acute hospitals operational report, secured by RTE,  shows that the hospitals with the largest number of confirmed cases are in Dublin.

    Of the 448 suspected Covid-19 cases, there are 32 in Galway University Hospital and 30 in  Mayo University Hospital.

    These 448 patients - 'suspected cases' - were awaiting swab test results up to yesterday.

  • Hospitals have reported a further reduction in the number of patients admitted with confirmed and suspected cases of Covid-19.

    There are now a total of 902 patients in hospitals with either confirmed or suspected coronavirus.

    The hospitals with the most confirmed cases are in Dublin, while Mayo University Hospital has 31 patients with confirmed Covid-19 and 14 suspected cases.

    The latest HSE figures also show there are 90 patients with the virus in intensive care units across the country, which is also reduction on recent days.

    Meanwhile, the testing criteria issued to GPs for Covid-19 has been broadened, so that patients no longer need to be in an at-risk group to be referred for a test.

    Patients need only to have a sudden onset of either a cough, fever, or shortness of breath, and no other cause that explains their illness, to be eligible for testing.

    They need to be referred by their GP for a test.

  • 571 patients are waiting on trolleys at hospitals across the country.

    University Hospital Limerick is the worst affected with 62 people awaiting beds, according to the INMO.

    That's followed by 44 at University Hospital Galway and 38 at Cork University Hospital.

    There are 32 patients on trolleys at Mayo University Hospital today, 23 at Sligo University Hospital and five patients on trolleys at Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe.