Immediate action needed to combat overcrowding at UHG Emergency Department

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Galway Senator Kyne has called for immediate action from Saolta and the HSE to introduce measures to combat delays and overcrowding in the Emergency Department at University Hospital Galway.

Speaking in the Seanad, Senator Kyne called for urgent progress on the provision of the new Emergency Department, which had funding approved for the design in 2018.

“I am shocked to hear that the new Emergency Department which was approved in principle as a project years ago is still at the ‘early design’ stage despite being told in 2018 that a planning application was imminent then,” said the Fine Gael Senator.

“It’s completely unacceptable that the people of Galway are being told to stay away from the Emergency Department and at the same time there is a complete lack of urgency on the Emergency Department project.”

Senator Kyne said that the ED project will be a major improvement in the Galway Health Service.

“It will cost almost €300 million when the Paediatric and Maternity Departments are included but according to the latest HSE information it will open in mid-2026 at the earliest,” he said.

“We need to make urgent progress on the project for the good of the people of Galway.”