Surgeries cancelled due to overcrowding at Galway Hospital
Serious overcrowding at University Hospital Galway has resulted in the cancellation of a number of non urgent elective surgeries on Thursday.
The Full Capacity Protocol was implemented after a significant number of patients were left waiting for admission to the hospital.
Efforts are now being made to identify patients who are appropriate for discharge.
Management at the hospital appealed to the public to only attend the Emergency Department in cases of “real emergencies” and to contact their GP or GP out-of-hours service in the first instance.
A statement from the hospital confirmed that some “non urgent elective procedures” had been deferred and warned members of the public to expect delays.
“University Hospital Galway would like to apologise to all patients and their families for any distress caused as a result of the delays,” it added.