Tuesday 10 December 2019

Elective surgeries cancelled at leading hospital due to serious overcrowding

University Hospital Galway
University Hospital Galway

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 today.

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.

“We apologise to patients for the distress this deferral may cause,” it added.

Management at the hospital urged members of the public to visit the Emergency Department “only in the case of real emergencies”, and advised 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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