Galway University Hospitals postponing surgeries and outpatient appointments

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Galway Daily news No COVID patients in the ICU at University Hospital Galway

Outpatients appointments and routine surgeries are being postponed at Galway University Hospitals from next week due to COVID pressure.

In a statement issued this morning the Saolta Group said that rising COVID cases, along with related staff absences, are having a significant impact on hospital services in Galway.

A number of outpatients appointments at UHG and Merlin Park Hospital will be postponed starting from Monday, January 10 as a result.

This is to allow the hospitals to redeploy staff to support essential emergency care.

“Ambulatory gynaecology, some endoscopy and other non-theatre day cases are proceeding but remain under review.”

“Patients should confirm that their case is proceeding on the day before it is scheduled using the contact details provided on their appointment notification.”

“All routine inpatient surgeries scheduled have also been postponed.  Time sensitive, urgent cases will proceed when it is safe to do them and patients will be contacted if they are to attend.”

The Saolta Group said that this situation is being kept under constant review.