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According to the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation there are 21 people being treated on trolleys at Mayo General Hospital today out of 435 nationwide. The HSE say the hospital’s emergency department is under pressure and has advised patients to attend their GPs our GP out of hours service if it is not an absolute emergency. Some elective admissions have been postponed. Contact the hospital for information.
The HSE is urging people to become aware of the “various doors” to health services to make it easier to select the most appropriate and quickest way to get advice or help over the festive season.
The number of people attending the emergency department of University Hospital Galway rose by 22 per cent during the Christmas period.
There are major delays being experienced at Mayo General Hospital’s emergency department which has experienced an extremely busy week. On Wednesday morning the HSE said more than 20 patients required admission to the hospital while according to the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation there were 27 patients being treated on trolleys and 21 yesterday (Thursday).
Emergency departments around the country are reaching crisis point with patients being treated on trolleys reaching an unprecedented 500 on Wednesday.