Patients in the recently installed modular unit, that is an extension to the Emergency Dept at Mayo University Hospital, must go outside into the open air, in order to access other services such as scans or x-rays in the main hospital building.
The situation is not acceptable, according to Castlebar councillor Michael Kilcoyne, who has raised concerns over sick patients having to go out into the elements at all times of the day and night, to access essential medical services.
The Independent councillor, who is a member of the HSE West Forum, has continuously called for a covered walkway to be put in place to link both locations.
He raised the matter at a recent HSE West Forum meeting where he was informed by HSE management that there is “no viable solution” to the problem, however, "it continues to be reviewed".
Cllr Kilcoyne told Midwest News Editor Teresa O’Mallley that the situation is absurd and wrong and believes in light of the present impasse, that very little planning went into locating the new modular unit at the Castlebar hospital.