UHG still dealing with large volume of of COVID patients


University Hospital Galway remains under pressure from a high number of COVID patients, but the number admitted to the ICU has fallen.

There were 47 confirmed COVID-19 cases at UHG as of Sunday evening, the highest number of any hospital in the country.

This is a slight decrease from case numbers peaking around 50 in recent weeks, but figures at UHG have not fallen as fast at Beaumont, which did have roughly the same number of COVID patients, but now has just 38.

At Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe there are a further six confirmed cases of the virus.

Fortunately, both hospitals have just one COVID patient each who is in serious condition in the ICU.

Figures from the CSO show that between March of 2020 and February of this year, there were a total of 171 deaths related to the virus in Galway.

Galway City had the second lowest number of deaths in the country, with 36 in that period. The only area with fewer deaths due to the virus was Leitrim, where there were 26.

University Hospital Galway is also the second most overcrowded in the country today, with 47 patients on trolleys, mostly in the emergency department.

At Portiuncula Hospital there are a further 18 patients on trolleys, more than normal for Ballinasloe, with 11 in the ED and seven in the wards.