Mayo University Hospital

  • Mayo University Hospital is extremely busy today and patients are waiting long periods of time to be admitted from the Emergency Department.

    The Hospital says they know this is very difficult for patients and their families and we apologise for the distress and inconvenience these delays cause. 

    In a statement to Midwest News this morning they say they will continue to use beds in St John’s the acute ward in the Sacred Heart Hospital to accommodate some patients.

    Mayo University Hospital say they want to assure patients that they are working hard to ensure that patients who are appropriate for discharge are identified and discharged home or to another health facility. They are continuing to get support from the community to support the more complex discharges.

    If patients are seriously injured or ill they can be assured that ED staff will assess and treat them as a priority.

    Mayo University Hospital would like to remind the public that we 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.

  • The HSE boss Paul Reid says "there's reason to be hopeful", as the number of patients in hospital with Covid-19 is falling, as well as numbers in ICU.

    Nationally today, there are 475 Covid patients being treated in public hospitals, with 112 of those patients in intensive care.

    However, the number of Covid-19 patients at Mayo University Hospital remains high, at 38.

    This is the 4th highest in the country, after three Dublin hospitals.

    Elsewhere, there are 10 Covid patients at UHG, 5 at Sligo University Hospital and 4 at Portiuncla Hospital, Ballinasloe.

    In a post on social media, Paul Reid said vaccines are showing positive early signs of effectiveness, as infections among the most vulnerable and healthcare workers are decreasing hugely.

    Just over 81,000 Covid-19 vaccines were administered over the past week - lower than the target of 100,000.

    The highest daily number was 18,300 given out on Thursday, while less than 2,500 were administered on Sunday.

    In total 439,700 injections have taken place, with 141,000 being second doses.







  • Mayo University Hospital is the third most overcrowded in the country today with 37 patients on trolleys.

    Nationally, there are 492 patients being treated on trolleys at hospitals across the country.

    University Hospital Limerick is the worst affected with 56 people without beds, according to the INMO.

    Elsewhere, in this region there are 27 patients on trolleys at University Hospital Galway, 13 at Sligo University Hospital and six at Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe.

  • Management at Mayo University Hospital have apologised to patients and their families who are experiencing long waiting times in the Emergency Department, which is described as "extremely busy" today.

    The hospital has admitted a lot of seriously ill patients over the last 3 days, and some patients from yesterday remain in the Emergency Dept, awaiting an inpatient bed.

    Hospital management says everyone who presents at the ED will be treated, but strictly in order of medical priority, and are reminding the public only to attend the ED in the case of real emergencies.

    For minor injuries, the Injury Unit at Roscommon Hospital is open from 8am to 8pm every day with a turnaround time of seeing and treating patients of less than one hour.

    Management at Mayo University Hospital have also thanked their staff who are working extremely hard at this time, dealing with the high volumes of patients.



  • Mayo University Hospital has responded to queries in relation to the number of patients on trolleys yesterday.

    There were 22 patients on trolleys at the Castlebar hospital yesterday, and 17 on Monday.

    In a statement issued to Midwest News last night, management says the hospital has been extremely busy since the end of last week, with a high number of attendances in the Emergency Department each day.

    With the maintenance of separate Covid pathways, there are a number of beds out of normal access - currently about 20.

    Every day, more of these beds will be become available as the Covid inpatient numbers reduce.

    Management are reminding the public only to attend the ED in the case of real emergencies - and to contact their GP otherwise.

    Hospital manager Catherine Donohoe apologised to patients for the situation, and said that of the large number of patients on trolleys yesterday morning, many were later allocated beds or would be allocated beds by last night.


  • The number of patients in hospital with the virus has hit another record high.

    1,750 patients are being treated in hospital with Covid 19 and 158 of these patients are in ICU.

    In this region, there are 124 patients with Covid being treated at University Hospital Galway, 82 at Mayo University Hospital, 37 at Sligo University Hospital and 10 at Portiuncla in Ballinasloe.

    None of the Covid-positive patients in Mayo University Hospital are in intensive care, while the hospital is also treating 8 suspected Covid cases.

    The Manager at Mayo University Hospital says it's a significant challenge to ensure they have capacity for Covid & non-Covid patients.

    Catherine Donohoe says while the hospital has escalation plans in place it is very much dependent on maintaining safe staffing.

    She has been speaking to Midwest News this evening.

  • Midwest News contacted the Saolta Hospital group today, to ask if any family members of staff at Mayo University Hospital, received a Covid 19 vaccine - in light of the news that emerged earlier that the Coombe Hospital in Dublin vaccinated 16 family members of staff.

    They got the injection earlier this month as there was an over- supply.

    The Dublin Hospital has apologised and said the vaccines would have been thrown out otherwise.

    In response to our query regarding vaccinations at Mayo University Hospital, the hospital points out that the vaccination of staff got underway on 6th January, and in the first instance, the vaccine was offered to staff directly providing care for confirmed and suspected Covid-19 cases - this included support staff, porters ad health & social care professionals as well as clerical staff working in these areas.

    Last week, the vaccination programme was extended to include staff from the Community Healthcare West, and at the end of last week, the hospital had administered over 860 vaccines.

    The statement continues that the hospital "is not aware of, and has no record of any vaccinations administered to hospital staff other than to the priority list above".



  • The Saolta Hospital Group has confirmed that some ambulances have been delayed at Mayo University Hospital's Emergency Department, due to the pressure on bed availability in the hospital - particularly for Covid-19 patients.

    In a statement to Midwest News this evening, management said Mayo University Hospital continues to be extremely busy, as the hospital is currently treating a large number of Covid positive patients - the latest figures show 91 positive patients being treated at the hospital.

    Patients are experiencing long waiting times to be admitted from the Emergency Department to an acute bed, and the limited bed availability across the hospital - particularly in the Covid-19 stream - has meant that some ambulances have been delayed being released from the ED - however,  management say they're working hard to ensure that ambulance turn-around times are kept to a minimum.

    The issue was highlighted earlier by Castlebar Independent Councillor Michael Kilcoyne, who claimed up to 5 ambulances were backed up outside the hospital last night.

    Mayo University Hospital management also say they're managing a number of outbreaks of Covid-19 on different wards, and this is having a significant impact.

    The hospital is continuously reviewing its staffing rosters, with a view to maximising the number of beds available for patients.

    Again, they're reminding people only to attend the hospital's Emergency Department in the case of genuine emergencies, and where possible, to contact their GP instead.

    For patients that do attend the RD, they're asked to wait alone to help maintain social distancing, while a companion will only be permitted in exceptional circumstances.





  • The CEO of the Saolta University Healthcare Group says the focus remains that there is a clear pathway of care for people coming in to hospital.

    Tony Canavan says a lot of work has continued in the last week in response to the Coronavirus.

    There is currently 14 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Mayo and Mr. Canavan says at the moment there are no patients in ICU at the Castlebar based hospital.

    Mr. Canavan says Mayo University hospital is also looking at maximising their ICU capacity and also ensure there is good linkage between the hospitals in the West.

  • Access to Mayo University Hospital - except for ambulances - is disrupted this morning due to the arrival on site of the long-awaited modular unit.

    This temporary unit is part of the Covid Emergency Works at the Castlebar hospital, and will increase capacity and provide improved direct access to hospital services for patients.

    The modular unit is arriving in several sections,  and this will impact on access to the hospital until about 11am.

    The unit will be assembled on site and connected to the services, and is expected to be operational by the end of November.

  • There's some good news today for Mayo University Hospital, as it's been confirmed that the new modular assessment unit will be delivered this Wednesday morning.

    This temporary unit is part of the Covid Emergency Works at the Castlebar hospital, and will increase capacity and provide improved direct access to hospital services for acute medical patients, endoscopy patients and patients with, or suspected of having, Covid-19.

    Hospital manager Catherine Donohoe says the additional capacity and new processes will help reduce patients' waiting time in the Emergency Department.

    The new unit is expected to be in use by the end of November.

    The modular unit will be delivered between 5 and 11am tomorrow morning, and during this time, access to the hospital via the swimming pool entrance will be restricted on John Moore Road.

    Meanwhile, there are currently 10 patients with confirmed Covid-19 being treated at Mayo University Hospital, with another 5 suspected cases.

    Nationally there are 354 patients with the virus being treated in Irish hospitals today - the highest number in 5 months.

    This includes 38 people in intensive care units.

  • 18 patients are on trolleys today at Mayo University Hospital, waiting for admission to a bed.

    The latest trolley count from the Irish Nurses & Midwives Organisation shows 203 patients on trolleys across the country including 15 at Sligo University Hospital and 18 at Mayo University Hospital - down one from yesterday's figure.

    Meanwhile, the Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has confirmed that the long-awaited temporary modular unit, to relieve pressure on the Emergency Department at Mayo University Hospital, will be onsite in early November.

    The modular unit was promised a number of years ago to provide extra capacity, given the regular overcrowding at the Emergency Department.

    Mayo FG Deputy Alan Dillon says a feasibility study is taking place in regard to developing a new 50-bed ward block at the Castlebar hospital, but in the meantime, the long-awaited temporary modular unit will be in place in early November.....

  • The modular unit, which was promised two years ago to relieve overcrowding at Mayo University Hospital's Emergency Department, will still not be in place this Winter.

    The Health Minister announced the measure in 2016 to help tackle overcrowding, but it has now emerged that planning permission has not yet been sought for a modular unit at the Castlebar hospital.

    Fianna Fail Councillor Michael Loftus says it's a disgrace that, as we head into another Winter, the facility is not yet available.

    Councillor Loftus attempted to raise the matter at this week's meeting of the HSE Regional Forum, but told Midwest News he was unsuccessful in doing so.

    He says it's unfair on the people of Mayo that the promised modular unit has not yet been put in place.

  • More than 1300 children are on hospital waiting lists to see a specialist at Mayo University hospital at present.

    Mayo Sinn Fein Senator Rose Conway-Walsh says the Department of Health figures released to Sinn Féin this week, showing that there are 1323 children on hospital waiting lists to see a specialist at the Mayo hospital.

    The figures released to the party have shown that there are actually 86,625 children waiting to see a specialist in hospitals across the state - almost double the supposed official figure of 46,000 children waiting to see a consultant.

    Senator Conway Walsh says in Mayo close to 500 children are waiting more than 12 months to see a specialist.

    She told Midwest News today that the numbers waiting are completely unacceptable and has called for the appropriate staff to be hired to deal with the backlogs.



    She told Midwest News Editor Teresa O’Malley that the numbers waiting are completely unacceptable and has called for the appropriate staff to be hired to deal with the backlogs.

  • You would get an appointment with the Pope faster than some patients are waiting to see a consultant at Mayo University Hospital. That the view of the Cathaoirleach of Castlebar Municipal District, Michael Kilcoyne.

    More than 3,000 patients are waiting more than a year to see a consultant at Mayo University Hospital at present.

    Cathaoirleach Kilcoyne is a member of the HSE West forum and he submitted a question to the forum this month on the waiting times for patients to see a consultant at MUH.

    He was informed by HSE management in response that more than 3,000 patients are waiting more than a year to see a consultant at Mayo University Hospital . While more than 750 patients are waiting more than three years for an appointment.

    The Independent councillor told Midwest News that he is continuously being contacted by patients or the relatives of patients frustrated at the length of time they are waiting in pain and discomfort to see a consultant.



  • The Manager of Mayo University Hospital Catherine Donohoe has again today stated that there is no crossover between patients with confirmed or suspected cases of Covid 19 and non Covid patients at the hospital. She says there are two pathways of care in place.

    “One pathway is to cater for patients with COVID-19 and suspected COVID-19 patients. The second pathway is for non COVID-19 patients. A clinical decision, which is made by the treating doctor, determines which pathway is appropriate for patients. The appropriate infection prevention and control measures are in place for each pathway according to national HPSC guidance for healthcare settings”.

    Midwest News had sought a response from the Saolta group to the allegation uncovered under a Freedom of Information request by the leader of Aontu, Peadar Toibin. The documents show a complaint lodged that a cancer patient suffering the side effects of chemotherapy was placed in a Covid-19 ward at Mayo University Hospital on May 1st.

    In her written response to Midwest News today, Ms Donoghue explains “ we cannot comment on individual cases. Maintaining confidentiality is not only an ethical requirement for the HSE and all HSE funded hospitals; it is also a legal requirement as defined in GDPR”.

    She continues, “I encourage any patient or their family members who have concerns or questions in relation to their care to contact the hospital directly. We have complaints and feedback processes in place and we welcome and encourage feedback, suggestions or opportunities to bring the perspectives and lived experiences of patients and families into the planning and delivery of care.

    All complaints received are dealt with promptly and I respond directly to the patients or families and welcome any further correspondence. All complaints received during the month of May have been addressed and responded to.

     I would like to reassure patients of Mayo University Hospital and their families that we have an excellent Infection Prevention and Control Team at the hospital who work daily with nursing, medical, surgical, pharmacy and laboratory staff to ensure optimum care for all patients in the hospital. The team provides ongoing training to staff and visit the wards every day to make sure correct infection prevention and control procedures are in place”.

    The statement concludes “staff do not treat patients with COVID-19 as well as non COVID-19 patients. Patients are moved from the COVID-19 pathway when clinically deemed appropriate to do so”.



    Face to face outpatient clinics remain curtailed at Mayo University HospitaL and only time-dependent and critical day case and inpatient procedures are taking place

    That has been confirmed this evening in a statement from the Saolta Hospital group. 

    The statement reads:

    In early January all but very urgent and time critical inpatient and day surgery was curtailed in Mayo University Hospital (MUH). In light of very significant pressure in the hospital caused by COVID-19 and high community infection rates, it is now necessary to continue the current restrictions to ensure patient safety and wellbeing. The deferrals will be for a further two week period and will be kept under review.

    Outpatient clinics will also be restricted however some of these will take place virtually unless it is absolutely necessary for patients to be seen.

     Commenting Catherine Donohoe, Hospital Manager at MUH said, “We understand that these deferrals may be disappointing and frustrating for patients but this is an important measure to enable the hospital to maintain critical and emergency services. There are many very sick people in Mayo University Hospital and the impact of a surge of cases in the community will be reflected in hospital admissions over the coming days. As of 8pm yesterday evening, there were 92 patients in MUH with COVID-19 and three patients requiring Critical Care.

     “A small number of procedures where patients require time critical or urgent cancer care will proceed as scheduled. Patients will be notified directly if their appointment is being deferred, we apologise for the inconvenience this may cause, please bear with us as we all hold firm.

    Visiting restrictions remain in place at the hospital. Members of the public should not visit the hospital except on compassionate grounds and these visits must be arranged in advance with the nurse manager on the ward.

     Mayo University Hospital continues to be extremely busy, the public are reminded to only attend the Emergency Department in case of emergencies. Please contact your GP during normal surgery hours or the Westdoc GP out of hours service if your health problem is not an emergency.”

  • Nearly half a million people missed hospital outpatient appointments last year, that's around 1,300 people a day.

    The HSE figures released to the Irish Times shows that almost 20 percent were related to STIs and 18 percent were psychiatry appointments.

    Nearly one fifth of patients failed to show up at Mayo University hospital last year, while St James's in Dublin had 17% no shows.

    It comes as the HSE struggles to cut waiting lists in hospitals around the country.

  • The need to establish a Pain Clinic service at Mayo University Hospital was highlighted in the Seanad this week.

    Currently, thousands of people across Co Mayo who suffer from chronic pain have to travel to hospitals in Galway or Sligo, and Mayo Fianna Fail Senator Keith Swanick is campaigning for a Pain Clinic at the Mayo University Hospital in Castlebar.

    Senator Swanick, who's a GP in Erris, raised the matter this week with the Junior Health Minister Jim Daly, and says he has agreed to liaise with the HSE West in relation to the matter.

  • Mayo University Hospital has this week re-opened the newly refurbished wards and patients have now moved back to the refurbished areas.

    The refurbished medical beds returned to use in the hospital yesterday and patients have also moved back to the refurbished Coronary Care Unit and the Medical Day Unit is also operational.

    The refurbishment was carried out in two phases to ensure minimal impact on the hospital. Phase one involved the refurbishment of wards which include 66 inpatient beds.

    Commenting Catherine Donohoe, Hospital Manager, Mayo University Hospital said, “The refurbishment works, which have taken place over the last number of months, have addressed one of the bigger and long-standing infection control issues in Mayo University Hospital.  

    The renovation also incorporated the replacement of windows in three wards including the paediatric ward. This work will improve patient comfort as these windows have been problematic for some time and made it difficult to control the temperature on these wards.