Portiuncula Hospital postponing elective surgeries

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Galway Daily news Extreme pressure on beds at Portiuncula Hospital today

Portiuncula Hospital is postponing a number of elective surgeries from today due to the rising impact of COVID on services.

In a statement issued this morning the Saolta Group said that rising numbers of COVID-19 cases in the community, and staff absences due to the virus, are having a significant effect on services.

“In light of this, from today, Monday January 10th 2022, PUH is postponing a number of elective procedures for the coming week in order to redeploy staff to support essential emergency care.”

“Patients are being contacted directly if their appointment is being postponed.”

All day surgeries and endoscopy procedures have been postponed. Ambulatory gynaecology 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.

Time sensitive, urgent cases will proceed when it is safe to do them and patients will be contacted if they are to attend Portiuncula Hospital.