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".



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