Mayo University Hospital

  • There are no plans by the HSE to construct a multi-story car park at Mayo University Hospital in Castlebar, despite the ongoing problem for patients and visitors accessing the hospital.

    That was confirmed by HSE management to Castlebar Independent councillor Michael Kilcoyne in response to a question submitted to a recent meeting of the HSE West forum.

    Despite almost 330,000 euro in net income from the carparking charges at the hospital last year (2017), and the constant raising by local councillors of the difficulties in elderly or disabled people accessing the facility from the car parking facilities available, the HSE has no plans to provide alternative parking.

  • HSE management have acknowledged that an ongoing dispute involving maintenance staff at Mayo University Hospital has resulted in some delays in getting maintenance work done at the hospital.

    Maintenance staff have been engaged in unofficial industrial action for several months, to highlight concerns over changes to their contract of employment.

    The protests have been taking place at lunchtime outside the hospital.

    Independent Castlebar Councillor Michael Kilcoyne raised the issue at a recent meeting of the HSE Regional Forum, and asked what impact the dispute is having.

    HSE management said the industrial action has resulted in some delays in getting general maintenance work done at the hospital, and said they're currently working with the maintenance department to resolve any issues.

    Councillor Kilcoyne told Midwest News that he believes the situation has been allowed to go on for too long.

  • Hospitals have begun cancelling thousands of medical appointments, planned for Thursday, as tensions between nurses and the government deepen.

    Up to 50,000 outpatient appointments and planned procedures nationally have not gone ahead today, with 37,000 INMO members picketing 240 hospitals and HSE facilities.

    In this region, pickets have been placed on Mayo, Roscommon, Sligo and Galway University Hospitals as well as Merlin Park and Portiuncla Hospitals in Co Galway as well as the injury unit at Roscommon Hospital.

    A number of primary care centres and nurse-led day centres are also closed.

    Another day of strike action on pay and staff shortages is planned for Thursday, leading to some hospitals texting patients to reschedule.

    Over 500 nurses and midwives are involved in today's protest outside Mayo University Hospital in Castlebar.

    Despite poor weather conditions, nurses turned out in big numbers to call for increased pay, and safer staffing levels on wards.

  • The number of patients on hospital trolleys has risen over the 700-mark today, making it one of the busiest days since records began.

    According to the latest trolley watch from the INMO, there are 714 patients on trolleys at hospitals across the country.

    University Hospital Limerick is the most-overcrowded with 80 patients on trolleys, followed by Galway University Hospital where 45 patients are on trolleys.

    There are 35 patients waiting for a bed this lunchtime at Sligo University Hospital and 24 at Mayo University Hospital, with 13 people on trolleys at Portiuncla Hospital in Ballinasloe.




  • Management at Mayo University Hospital say the Emergency Department is very busy today, as the strike action by the INMO is having a significant impact on patient services across all hospitals in the Saolta group.

    Hospital management in Mayo are advising people only to attend the ED if absolutely essential.

    Management say they're continuing to work with the INMO on arrangements for the strike days to ensure services are provided safely, while outpatient, inpatient and day surgery appointments are being cancelled for the days of strike action.


  • A post-mortem examination is underway at Mayo University Hospital on the body of a man in his 60's who was shot dead near Ballyhaunis last night.

    A pathologist from the State Pathologist's office carried out a preliminary investigation earlier this afternoon at the rural farmhouse in Coogue, where the shooting took place just before midnight.

    A man in his 80's is still being detained at Castlebar Garda Station in connection with the incident, and Gardai say their enquiries are continuing.

    Both men were known to each other, and locals believe the deceased may have been mistaken for an intruder by the older man  - but this has not yet been confirmed.

    Local parish priest Fr Richard Gibbons was called to the scene in the early hours of this morning.

    Speaking to Midwest News, he's described the incident as a tragedy, and says the local community has been numbed by news of the fatal shooting.


  • A number of regulatory breaches have been identified at an adult mental health unit in Co Mayo.

    The 32-bed facility at Mayo University Hospital in Castlebar, was found to have four critical risk ratings, following an inspection by the Mental Health Commission (MHC).

    The inspection was carried out between the 11 and 14th September last.

    A report published today shows the acute adult mental health centre was compliant with 61% of regulations, rules and codes of practice - down from 74% compliance in 2017.

    Of the 14 areas of non-compliance, 4 were deemed critical  - including staffing and individual care plans for residents.

    The report says the premises was not clean, and rooms were not well-ventilated, while the walls had chipped paint with cigarette burns in the carpets.

    Numerous ligature risks were identified, and not all staff were trained in fire safety, basic life support, and management of aggression or violence.

    The standard of individual care plans for residents was very poor, according to inspectors.

    22 areas of inspection were compliant, according to the report, with ten of these areas rated excellent.

  • The following statement has been issued in relation to outpatient and routine elective procedures in Mayo University Hospital today and tomorrow. 

    Following the upgrade of the weather warning last night by Met Eireann to Status Red for the entire country today (Thursday March 1st), Mayo  University Hospital (MUH) is now cancelling routine electives and outpatient appointments today and tomorrow (Friday 2nd).

    We will continue to do everything possible to maintain all essential services to patients receiving planned cancer and renal services but would ask patients to contact the hospital directly at 094 90 21733 and ask for duty manager Pager 607 if they have any concerns.  All appointments cancelled during the period will be rescheduled and patients will be advised of their new appointment by the hospital.

    Patients should be advised that if they do attend the hospital today for a clinic appointment they will be seen.

    The hospital’s Emergency Department remains open 24/7 but continue to be busy and we expect difficulties around discharge planning as a consequence of the adverse conditions. We would ask that patients who are being discharged today are collected from the hospital as early as possible to avoid travelling during the worsening conditions forecast for this afternoon.

    We would encourage people to consider all options available to them for their healthcare needs and to protect the ED for those most seriously ill as delays can be expected.

    MUH is working closely with colleagues in the Community Health Organisations and with the National Ambulance Service.


    Keep up to date with @HSELive and @saoltagroup on Twitter and for all the latest information regarding health services 

  • There was a significant reduction in the number of patients on hospital trolleys last month at Mayo University Hospital - compared to June last year.

    New figures from the INMO show there were just 13  patients on trolleys at the Mayo hospital during last month, compared to 74 during the month of June 2017.

     At Galway University Hospital, 501 people spent time on hospital trolleys last month - down from 566 in June last year.

    Sligo University Hospital saw a significant increase in the number of patients on trolleys last month- the number rose from 88 last June to 247 last month.

    Nationally, there was a 4% decrease in the number of patients on hospital trolleys during the month of June.



  • More than 2,000 surgical and scope procedures and outpatient appointments  nationally were cancelled yesterday  as a result of a 24-hour strike by 10,000 health care workers in a dispute over pay.

    The HSE said the industrial action created a challenging situation and that difficulties arose as the strike began at 8am yesterday in maintaining “essential daily care” for inpatients such as nutrition, hydration, transfer of patients, cleaning and infection control”.

    The 24 hour industrial action concluded at 8am this morning.

    According to today’s Irish Times, health care assistants, maternity care assistants, porters, laboratory aides, chefs, and surgical instrument technicians were on strike as part of a dispute in which Siptu says they are entitled to increases of between €1,500 and €3,000 as a result of the findings of a job evaluation scheme.

    However, the union has rejected a Government proposal for the phased payment of the money commencing in November and running to 2021.

    Talks aimed at averting three further days of strike action next week are to reconvene at the Workplace Relations Commission this morning.

    Siptu’s Paul Bell says while they have accepted an invitation to the talks, the further stoppages next week have not been deferred.He says there's no resolution in sight.


  • Surgery has resumed today at Mayo University Hospital, following a problem with a water pump last week which resulted in the postponement of a number of procedures.

    The failed water pump in the Sterile Services Dept was replaced late last week, and the Saolta Hospital group has confirmed to Midwest News this afternoon that a full list of surgery is scheduled and underway today, following the completion of works on Friday.


  • Surgical procedures are still being deferred at Mayo University Hospital,  due to a problem with a water pump which has led to the postponement of a number of surgeries over the past week.

    On Tuesday, the Saolta Hospital group confirmed to Midwest News that non-urgent surgeries were being postponed due to an issue with a water pump in the hospital's Sterile Services Department - where surgical instruments are sterilised for use in theatre.

    Management said it was hoped the problem would be resolved by Wednesday, allowing surgery to proceed.

    But Midwest News has discovered that the issue has not yet been resolved.

    Concerns have been expressed to Midwest News  by hospital staff and the general public about the implications of surgery not being able to go ahead at the hospital.

    We have requested an interview with hospital management on the issue, and are awaiting a response at present.

    In a statement, the Saolta Group says staff in the hospital are working to rectify the problem with the water pump, and are working towards resuming services "as soon as possible".


  • A number of surgical procedures have been postponed over the last few days at Mayo University Hospital, due to a problem with a water pump.

    The Saolta Hospital Group has confirmed to Midwest News that a problem with a water pump in the Hospital Sterile Services Department -which is the sterilisation facility for the surgical instruments used in theatre - has led to the deferral of some non-urgent surgeries.

    Hospital management say they prioritised emergency procedures, but a number of non-urgent surgeries were postponed.

    Staff in the hospital are working to rectify the problem with the water pump, and are working towards resuming services by tomorrow - Wednesday.

    This depends on the completion of re-commissioning the washers and sterilisers to ensure standards are met.

    The Saolta Hospital Group has apologised for the inconvenience this has caused to patients and their families, and says both Galway and Sligo University Hospitals have provided support to Mayo University Hospital in recent days to help manage the problem.



  • The third National Patient Experience Survey is now underway covering hospitals across the country. 

    This annual survey ,the largest of its kind in Ireland, according to Tracey O'Carroll of HIQA, offers patients the opportunity to share their experiences in hospital and tell hospital management what improvements they believe are necessary. It provides a clear picture of the safety and quality of care in Irish hospitals, as seen through the eyes of patients.

     An estimated 28,000 patients will be eligible to participate in this year’s survey — almost 1000 in Mayo and 2000 patients in Galway.

    The National Patient Experience Survey contains a total of 61 questions on topics such as admission to hospital, care and treatment on the ward, trust in hospital staff, respect and dignity, and discharge from hospital. All patients aged over 16 years-of-age who spend 24 hours or more in hospital and are discharged during the month of May are eligible to participate in the survey.

     To find out more about the survey, you can visit the website 


  • There are 65 vacant posts at present in Mayo University Hospital, including 29 vacant nursing posts. These figures were confirmed to the Cathaoirleach of Castlebar Municipal District, Independent councillor Michael Kilcoyne by HSE management yesterday.

    The councillor had submitted a question on staffing vacancies at the Mayo hospital to the HSE West forum.

    Ann Cosgrove of the Saolta University Health Care Group said the total vacant posts currently at Mayo University Hospital  is 64.5 and almost half of the vacant posts are in nursing.

    Councillor Kilcoyne told Midwest News he believes its criminal not to provide front line hospital staff to patients in this region, and has again questioned why a promise by Minister Harris to offer all graduating nurses this year a temporary contract has not materialised.

  • The overcrowding crisis continues at hospitals across the country this afternoon, with University Hospital Galway having the highest number of patients on trolleys.

    There are 51 patients on trolleys at University Hospital Galway this afternoon.

    Nationally there are 614 patients waiting on a trolley for a bed this afternoon.

    There are 34 patients on trolleys at Sligo University Hospital today, 13 at Mayo University Hospital and 7 at Portiuncla Hospital in Ballinasloe.

  • 664 people are on trolleys in hospitals across the country today.

    According to the INMO, the worst affected is Cork University Hospital where 63 people are waiting for beds. 

    It's followed by University Hospital Galway where 50 patients are on trolleys.

    There are 27 patients waiting on trolleys today at Sligo University Hospital.

    There are 15 patients waiting on trolleys at Mayo University Hospital and 4 at Portiuncula Hospital, Ballinasloe.

  • 419 patients are on trolleys in hospital across the country today. 

    According to the INMO, the worst affected is University Hospital Limerick with 58 people waiting for a bed. 

    It's followed by Cork University Hospital where 44 people are on trolleys.

    The third highest hospital with patients on trolleys is University Hospital Galway with 28.

    There are 20 patients on trolleys at Sligo University Hospital, nine at Mayo University Hospital and two patients on trolleys today at Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe.

    Meanwhile, plans to start a ballot of nurses and midwives on a new contract were postponed yesterday.

    Officials at the INMO said the deal being proposed by the Government wasn’t one they could put to their members.

  • Visiting restrictions are currently in place at Mayo University Hospital due to some patients displaying symptoms of diarrhoea and vomiting usually caused by Norovirus, commonly known as the winter vomiting bug. 

    Anyone with recent symptoms of diarrhoea and/ or vomiting or had contact with others who have these symptoms should not visit patients in the hospital to avoid spreading the virus. 

    Any individual who needs to attend the hospital as a patient either to the Emergency Department or AMAU should immediately advise staff that they have had symptoms so that staff can appropriately manage the situation. 

    The hospital says that, due to the possibility of the virus in A Ward & C Ward, visitors will be restricted in these areas. 

    Arrangements will be made for family members of critically ill patients on this ward to visit; this should be arranged through the nurse on duty in the ward prior to arrival at the hospital. Visiting to non-affected Wards will be strictly limited to visiting times as a precautionary measure.

    The regular hospital visiting times are between 2 and 4 pm, and between 6.30 and 8.30 pm in the evenings must be strictly adhered to.

    The Hospital management has put control measures in place to reduce the risk of the virus spreading to other areas/departments within the Hospital.   It is important that ill and vulnerable patients in the hospital do not become more ill than they already are. 

    The hospital appreciates and thanks the community for their support and cooperation in managing this situation. 


  • Visiting restrictions have now been lifted at Mayo University Hospital.

    Hospital management say normal visiting has resumed in all parts of the hospital, except for one ward.

    The restrictions were put in place yesterday due to some patients displaying symptoms of Norovirus, the winter vomiting bug.

    While the restrictions have been lifted, hospital management are asking visitors to adhere to the set visiting times of 2-4pm and 6.30-8pm and to use the hand gels supplied as they enter and leave the hospital.

    Any visitors with recent symptoms of the vomiting bug are asked not to visit patients in the hospital.