Mayo University Hospital

  • It's eight years since a modular extension was proposed for the Emergency Department at Mayo University Hospital, but the Government has not yet approved the plan - according to Mayo Fianna Fail TD Lisa Chambers.

    Due to ongoing overcrowding in the Emergency Department, hospital management applied for a modular unit, which would provide between 12 and 20 additional beds - to reduce pressure and the numbers of patients waiting on trolleys.

    However, the HSE is "still considering the application", according to a response given to a parliamentary question from Deputy Chambers.

    The Fianna Fail TD says it's incredible that the HSE is still considering the application eight years later....

  • It's hoped that elective surgery at Mayo  University Hospital can resume later this month.

    That's according to the hospital's manager Catherine Donohoe, who says pressure on the hospital has eased somewhat since the peak of the third wave of Covid-19.

    There are currently 62 patients with the virus being treated at Mayo University Hospital, with 4 of these patients in ICU.

    The number of Covid patients at the hospital has remained the same for the past 3 days, and is considerably higher than the numbers being treated at other hospitals across the region - with 36 Covid patients currently at Sligo University Hospital, 34 at GUH and 7 at Portiuncla in Ballinasloe.

    The number of staff absent from the Castlebar hospital due to Covid is also on the decline, while it's hoped all staff will be vaccinated against the virus by the end of this month.

    Manager of Mayo University Hospital Catherine Donohue told Midwest News that, if the number of Covid patients being treated in the hospital continues to decline, some elective say case surgery could resume in two weeks time....

     

     

  • 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.

  • Some elective procedures have been deferred at Mayo University Hospital today, where there are 30 patients on trolleys, according to the latest figures from the INMO.

    Across the country, there are 583 patients on trolleys today, including 35 at University Hospital Galway, 30 at Mayo University Hospital and 16 at Sligo University Hospital.  

    In a statement to Midwest News, the Saolta group says Mayo University Hospital continues to be extremely busy today with limited beds available throughout the hospital.

    This is resulting in delays in the Emergency Department, and management have apologised for the distress and inconvenience caused to patients and their families who are experiencing long wait times to be admitted to a bed.

    Management also say they've had to defer some elective patients due to attend the hospital today, and have apologised for the inconvenience, saying they will continue to keep electives under review over the course of this week.

    The Saolta hospital group is again reminding the public only to attend the Emergency Department in the case of real emergencies, and to contact their GP in the first instance, while the Roscommon University Hospital Injury Unit is open 7 days per week from 8am to 8pm.

  • Elective surgery has re-commenced at Mayo University Hospital, following the coronavirus emergency.

    Much of the hospital's elective and non-emergency procedures were deferred during the crisis to ensure there was necessary space in the hospital to treat confirmed and suspected Covid-19 patients.

    However, Consultant Surgeon Professor Kevin Barry says they have now re-commenced elective inpatient and endoscopy at the Castlebar hospital, and will be gradually increasing the number of patients during the coming weeks.

    Day-case surgery will recommence over the next week, and Professor Barry says they will continue to further increase the level of surgery taking place in the hospital over the Summer months.

    In a statement to Midwest News, Professor Barry says the hospital's Emergency Department continues to see patients 24 hours a day, and it's important that patients come to the hospital if they need urgent care.

    He says people should not ignore possible symptoms of serious and potentially life-threatening illnesses such as heart attack or stroke.

    Emergency surgery continues, as always, so patients who may suffer trauma following an accident or fall should attend the Emergency Department for treatment.

    Outpatient appointments have also resumed at Mayo University Hospital.

    Patients are asked to attend their appointment alone, or where they need assistance, to just bring one other person with them.

    Patients are asked not to come to the hospital for their appointment if they're showing any signs or symptoms of Covid-19 or if anyone in their home has symptoms.

     

     

  • 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.

  • Face to face outpatient clinics at Mayo University Hospital are being deferred for the next 2 weeks.

    The hospital is reverting to virtual outpatient clinics only, and most elective procedures at the Castlebar hospital have also been deferred - apart from time-critical procedures and cancer cases, which are still going ahead.

    Patients are being notified directly of such cancellations.

    The deferrals will be for a 2-week period initially, and will be kept under review.

    General manager of Mayo University Hospital Catherine Donohue says she regrets the impact these deferrals will have on patients, but it's an important part of maintaining critical and emergency services.

    There are currently 50 Covid-positive patients being treated at the hospital, and rising numbers of the virus in the community are likely to lead to further hospitalisations.

  • There are 652 people with Covid-19 being treated in hospitals across the country today - that's down 5% since yesterday, and 21% lower than last Wednesday.

    151 of these patients are in ICU.

    Mayo University Hospital has seen a fall in the number of Covid patients being treated at the hospital - with 30 patients today, down from 36 yesterday and 42 this day last week.

    There are 24 Covid patients being treated at University Hospital Galway, 7 in Sligo and 4 at Portiuncla Hospital in Ballinasloe.

  • 56 fewer people were in public hospitals with Covid-19 last night, compared with Sunday night.

    The number dropped to 310 last night - from 366 three days earlier.

    Latest figures show there are 75 patients with the virus in intensive care.

    All hospitals across this region have seen a drop in the number of Covid patients in recent days, except Sligo University Hospital.

    Last night's figures from the HSE show 7 Covid patients at Mayo University Hospital - down from 12 on Sunday, 3 at Galway University Hospital - down 1 - and 4 at Portiuncla Hospital in Ballinasloe.

    There are now 15 Covid patients at Sligo University Hospital - the highest number across the region, and up from 11 on Sunday.

     

     

  • The general public should be asking Fine Gael election candidates on the doorsteps what the Government is doing about delivering a larger Emergency Department at Mayo University Hospital.

    That's according to Castlebar Independent Councillor Michael Kilcoyne, who says the large numbers of patient recorded on trolleys each month at the Castlebar hospital highlight the lack of an adequate Emergency Department to cater for the numbers presenting.

    At this month's meeting of the HSE Regional Forum, Councillor Kilcoyne sought figures from HSE management as to the number of patients on trolleys at Mayo University Hospital in the first three months of this year, and claims the numbers recorded are not acceptable.

  • A Mayo Fianna Fail TD has expressed her concern that serious regulatory breaches and poor hygienic conditions were found at the adult mental health unit in Mayo University Hospital following an inspection by the Mental Health Commission.

    Deputy Lisa Chambers says she was alarmed to read the report which identified risks to patients at the hospital. She said it is of concern that there were not enough therapeutic programmes in place and staff shortages were limiting occupational therapy, psychology and social work services.

    A report published yesterday 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.

    Deputy Chambers told Midwest News that she is concerned about the findings and will be raising the matter with the Minister for Health.

  • A clinical nurse manager today became the first staff member at Mayo University Hospital to receive the Covid-19 vaccine.

    Mary Neary, a clinical nurse manager on C Ward, received the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine from her nursing colleague Padraig O'Lúanaigh, beginning the rollout of the vaccination campaign at the Castlebar hospital.

    The Saolta Hospital Group says the vaccination programme will be extended across the hospital and community services in the coming weeks, and over 500 staff at Mayo University Hospital will be vaccinated before the end of this week.

     

  • The first Dublin2Mayo charity tractor run set out from Dublin yesterday on a two-day trip across the country in aid of two charity causes – Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin and the special care baby unit at Mayo University Hospital.

    The run is passing through towns across the west today as it makes its way to Breaffy House Hotel, where it is expected at around 4pm.

    It will pass through Claremorris, Knock, Kiltimagh, Bohola and Ballyvaryr en route to Castlebar this afternoon and bucket collections will be taken in each town.

    There is also a night of entertainment planned for Breaffy House tonight.

    Communicare Healthcare in Claremorris is the main sponsor of the event and Managing Director Rosaleen Kelly told Midwest News that she is very proud of the efforts of those involved.

  • The first baby born in Mayo in 2020 was born at Mayo University Hospital yesterday afternoon.

    The first arrival of the New Year was a baby boy, born to a couple from the Belmullet area.

    The baby, who has not yet been named, arrived into the world at 1.34 yesterday afternoon and both mother and baby are doing well, according to a hospital spokesperson.

     

     

     

  • Some staff members at Mayo University Hospital said they felt 'disillusioned, embarrassed and frustrated' over cross-over between covid and non-covid sections in the hospital last May, according to information released under a Freedom of Information request, to Mayo Aontu member, Paul Lawless.

    The latest documents released under the FOI to Mr Lawless, indicate that staff at the Hospital were reaching out to public representatives with their concerns regarding staff and patient crossover in the facility. 

    In one email in early May, a staff member said that Ward C, Ward D and the Ortho Ward were "all looking after positive, negative and query patients, there is crossover between staff and this is going on all week".

    The staff member also makes reference to "the shambolic way hospital management have dealt with the crisis from the start and the impact it has had on patients, staff and their families" and tells of how staff were, at the time of the email being sent, planning "a lunchtime protest next week". 

    Another email was forwarded to the CEO of Saolta, Tony Canavan on 1st May 2020 signed by "a very concerned nurse". This nurse spoke of how the structural changes to the hospital as part of the management of patients had resulted in a unit no longer fit for purpose. The nurse spoke of how "the reduced space makes Covid ED no longer a safe working environment. The nurse went on to note a "huge lack of handwashing facilities", adding that "we no longer have staff changing rooms and no access to showering facilities, no longer access to staff toilets and are to use the toilet facilities for the general public".

    Mr Lawless says in addition, a staff member in MUH has told him that there were delays in testing for the virus, and a reduced capacity issue with a thermal cycler PCR machine used in the testing process. He says this was cited by the staff member as central to the problems experienced in the hospital.

    He has been speaking to Midwest News today and says the documents released to him under the FOI request make for 'shocking reading'.

     

    Midwest News contacted Saolta for a response to these allegations in the FOI documents and we are awaiting a response.

  • Five years after Mayo University Hospital was declared a smoke-free campus, compliance with the policy has started to reduce, with patients and visitors frequently smoking outside the main entrances of the hospital.

    Hospital management are now starting a renewed focus on keeping the area around the hospital, and the hospital grounds, smoke-free.

    Visitors, patients and staff are asked to refrain from smoking anywhere on the grounds of the hospital.

    New signage has been installed around the hospital entrances, asking people not to smoke and reminding them how important it is to keep the air around the hospital clean.

     

     

     

  • Due to an on-going outbreak of norovirus in Mayo University Hospital, management is now asking for a full restriction on visiting. Arrangements will be made for family members of critically ill patients or those patients who require assistance or support of a family member; this should be arranged through the nurse on duty in the ward prior to arrival at the hospital.

    Any patient presenting to the hospital with recent symptoms of diarrhoea and/ or vomiting or had contact with others who have these symptoms MUSTnotify staff on arrival into the hospital so that contingency measures can be immediately put in place.

    The Hospital Management says it appreciates and thanks the community for their support for this patient safety measure.

  • Gardai are seeking public assistance in locating a prisoner who escaped from custody after being brought to Mayo University Hospital for treatment on Saturday morning last.

    The prisoner remains at large this morning, after the Irish Prison Service confirmed the incident happened at around 10am on Saturday morning last.

    The man, who was on remand in Castlerea Prison on a burglary charge, escaped the hospital on foot.

    He is 34 years of age and is described as being of an “athletic build” with brown hair.

    Anyone with information on his whereabouts has been asked to contact Castlebar Garda Station on 094 90 22222 or any Garda station.

     

  • The long awaited extension to the Emergency Department of Mayo University Hospital is at a standstill, as hospital management awaits funding approval from government for the development.

    That’s according to the General Manager of Mayo University Hospital, Catherine Donohue.

    The new, modular build ED unit, promised to the Castlebar facility eight years ago, would increase its capacity by 40 percent, and would go a long way in addressing the continuous overcrowding of patients on trolleys in the corridor of the unit.

    Catherine Donohue says the plans and costings of the new development are completed and have been submitted to the relevant government department but cannot proceed until capital funding is approved.

    To date this has not happened, yet the numbers of patients presenting at the ED of Mayo University hospital continues to increase.

    Speaking to Midwest News today Ms Donohue explained that it's her top priority to secure the extended ED which she explained will make hospital access safer for patients.

     

  • Mayo University Hospital experienced a significant rise of confirmed cases of Covid-19 over the weekend.

    Last Wednesday, the numbers had dropped to their lowest level since December with 28 confirmed cases, but rose to 42 on Saturday last and 41 as of 8pm last night (Sun).

    The confirmed number of patients with Covid 19 at Mayo University Hospital is  the highest in the region.

    MUH’s  numbers were over three times greater than Galway University Hospital , while Covid cases in Galway city were among the highest in the country last week. There were just 12 confirmed Covid-19 cases at Galway University Hospital.

    Sligo University Hospital and Portiuncula Hospital had seven patients each with confirmed cases of the virus as of 8pm last night.