The HSE has refuted the accusation that no admissions will be made to Belmullet District Hospital amidst growing local concerns this week about developments at the facility.

However, it acknowledges that due to changes in staffing operations the number of short stay beds at the hospital may be affected.

Community Healthcare West, Older Peoples Services is the section of the HSE West that manages district hospitals in counties Mayo, Galway and Roscommon.

In a statement to Midwest News it says it’s in the process of implementing agency staffing restrictions in all Community Nursing Units and District Hospitals across the three counties.

The statement  reads: that based on the national analysis of the current run rate versus budget, the projected deficit in Older Peoples Services for 2019 will be €5.5m.  One of the significant contributory factors, it claims, is the is the 23.5% increase in agency staff expenditure in residential units in the first four months of 2019 compared to the same period in 2018.

A full review of all agency staffing is taking place with a view to restricting or removing agency usage.

In Belmullet District Hospital, in addition to restricting agency usage, we had planned on not renewing three temporary contracts that are due to expire in June 2019 but we have revised this decision and will now offer these three staff redeployment options.

This may impact on the number of short stay beds that can be safely staffed in the District Hospital but may be offset by staff who are due to return to work in the next few months. No beds in Aras Dearbhile will be affected.

The number of beds in Belmullet District Hospital occupied by acute discharges has been monitored over some time and Community Healthcare West is satisfied that it will continue to be able to meet the needs of the Bangor Erris region, and if necessary, by using beds in Ballina District Hospital. 

Admissions will continue to Belmullet District Hospital.  Mayo University Hospital can also apply for transitional care funding to support discharge to private nursing homes in the Erris area if a bed is not available in Belmullet District Hospital. This funding is not available to public units including Belmullet District Hospital.

In respect of supporting acute discharges, there are currently 110 short stay beds in Co Mayo designated to support acute discharges. In Co. Galway, Community Healthcare West provides 49 such beds while there are no such beds in Co. Roscommon .

Community Healthcare West will continue to keep the matter under review at Belmullet District Hospital particularly as we enter the winter period.


Short Stay beds in Co. Mayo



Support acute discharge beds

Other Short Stay beds




2 ( respite)

No. of beds under review



8 palliative ( Acute and Community)

No change planned




No change planned













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