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Mayo General Hospital is short 12 junior doctors out of 80 posts, a situation which could lead to the axing of services in the future, most notably in the A&E department. The shortages are in the areas of emergency and medicine.
There is growing concern that the accident and emergency department at Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe may have to close during night time hours because of a serious shortage of doctors.
Kilkenny’s St Luke’s Hospital was delivered some positive news this week when it was confirmed that some €13m funding is to be made available in order to enable a number of priority capital developments at the hospital.
The family of a psychiatrically ill patient who had to queue for hours at University Hospital Galway’s A&E department before being admitted were “very upset” at what they termed the change in admission policy for such patients, according to the chairperson of the HSE West’s regional health forum.
The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO), following a comparative survey of its trolley watch figures for the first three months of each of the last six years, show that Mayo General Hospital is bucking the national trend, as trolley waits have almost halved from 2006 to 2011.
There was concern expressed this week regarding the implications for A&E departments at private hospitals such as the Galway Clinic if a new VHI deal goes ahead.
“Outrageous” is how the chairperson of the HSE West’s regional health forum has described the fact that a 94-year-old Connemara widow and great grandmother of 34 children had to spend two nights on a trolley at UHG’s A&E department.
The timing of ward rounds at Galway University Hospitals are to be changed to ensure the earlier discharge of patients who have been treated and are waiting to go home or move to another health service.
A new direct GP referral system means family doctors may now bypass A&E when referring patients to University Hospital Galway.
A statement issued by the Irish Association of Emergency Medicine on Tuesday highlighted the curtailing or closure of the emergency departments in a number of nationwide hospitals and listed Mayo General Hospital as one which has an “acute” problem. However the HSE has said it is trying to address the issue.