Saolta says no sign of overcrowding easing at Sligo University hospital

There’s no sign of the numbers on trolleys at Sligo University Hospital easing at the moment according to the Saolta Hospital Group.

It follows queries by Ocean FM News after 25 people were on trolleys yesterday and 13 people are waiting for a bed there today.

The Saolta Hospital Group says it’s urging people to stay away from the emergency department at Sligo University Hospital unless absolutely necessary.

In a statement to Ocean FM News today, it says the ED remains very busy with no sign of a seasonal easing in activity and there continues to be significant numbers of patients awaiting admission to the hospital.

Saolta says when needed they are implementing the Full Capacity Protocol and all efforts are being made to identify patients who can be discharged.

The hospital says it regrets the delays and is apologising to patients and their families.

Management is encouraging people to only go to the ED in the case of real emergencies and to contact their GP or GP Out-of-Hours service first.