Large attendances resulting in lengthy wait times at Sligo hospital emergency department

The public is being asked to consider all options for healthcare before attending the emergency department at Sligo University Hospital.

It follows what continues to be an extremely busy time at the department because of the large numbers showing up for treatment.

In response to a query from Ocean FM News, the Saolta hospital group says the Emergency Department at Sligo University Hospital remains ‘very busy with high numbers of patient attendances.’

A statement points out that, as always, patients needing urgent care will be prioritised.

However, it says that due to the volume of patients attending the emergency department and the continued need to provide covid pathways for emergency presentations, those patients needing non-urgent care may experience long delays and wait times to be seen.

Therefore, the public is being asked to continue to consider all care options, including GP Out of Hours and local pharmacies in advance of attending the Emergency Department.

What the reason is at this time for the large numbers attending is not clear; it may be simply due to greater activity because of the good weather with more people and about, as well as the possibility of difficulties in people getting immediate GP appointments.