Friday 20 July 2018

Number of elective surgeries cancelled due to serious overcrowding at leading hospital

University Hospital Galway
University Hospital Galway
Caroline Crawford

Caroline Crawford

Serious overcrowding at University Hospital Galway has resulted in the cancellation of a significant number of elective surgeries.

The Full Capacity Protocol was implemented after a significant number of patients were left waiting for admission to the hospital this morning.

A statement from the hospital confirmed that all non urgent elective procedures had been deferred and that efforts were also made to identify patients who are appropriate for discharge.

It said immediate steps were being taken to respond to the situation. It said all available bed capacity was being utilised and convalescence beds were being procured on a daily basis from private nursing homes to facilitate discharge.

It added the hospital was “working closely with all the hospitals in the Group to ensure that capacity on all sites is maximised.”

“Management at the hospital would like to advise people who are attending the Emergency Department at University Hospital Galway that they can expect delays today. We would encourage the public to visit the Emergency Department only in the case of real emergencies, and would also advise people to contact their GP or GP Out-of-Hours service in the first instance.

“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.

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