Full capacity protocol enacted at University Hospital Galway

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Full Capacity Protocol has been enacted at University Hospital Galway today amidst extreme overcrowding at the A&E.

People are being encouraged to avoid coming to the A&E at University Hospital Galway unless it is a real emergency, and to first contact their GP or out of hours service.

There were 53 patients in trolleys at University Hospital Galway today according to the INMO’s Trolley/Ward Watch, making it the second most overcrowded hospital in the country.

In a statement to Galway Daily the Saolta Group said that Emergency Department has been extremely busy today, and that it regrets patients have been left waiting.

All elective, non-urgent procedures have been deferred as Full Capacity Protocol has been enacted.

Saolta said that all efforts are currently being made to identify all patient who are suitable for discharge to help with the overcrowding.

“Hospital management apologises for the inconvenience and distress that these delays and deferrals are causing patients and their families.”

Patients are bring prioritised based on “those in most need of care and this may lead to delays for less urgent patients,” Saolta’s statement said.