Galway Bay fm newsroom – UHG has joined a growing list of hospitals which have had to cancel surgeries and procedures this week as a direct result of overcrowding.
In a statement to Galway Bay fm news, hospital management says due to an increase in admissions through the hospitals emergency department, 32 planned procedures have been deferred.
UHG management says the hospital is currently experiencing high attendances, and many patients presenting to the emergency unit are in need of immediate care.
An escalation framework has been implemented at UHG, and overflow beds are currently in use along with a number of additional trolleys on wards.
The surgical day ward and acute medical assessment unit are also being used to accommodate patients from the A&E department.
Hospital management says it’s working to find new appointments for the patients who’ve had their procedures deferred this week.
UHG is also working with Community Healthcare Organisations and intervention teams to ensure patients admitted to the hospital can be discharged as soon as it’s appropriate.