Further questions being raised on Mayo emergency unit pressures

An elected representative is seeking to establish details on the additional resources given to Mayo University Hospital following the closure of the emergency department at Roscommon Hospital a number of years ago.

Councillor Michael Kilcoyne wants to know the exact number of extra consultants, doctors, nurses, support staff, beds and equipment were provided to cope with the additional pressures on the Castlebar facility.

He said: "I also want to know how many patients were treated in Mayo University Hospital in the year before Roscommon Hospital ED was closed and how many were treated in the full year following the closure of the Roscommon facility.

"I want details on how many people attended the ED at Mayo University Hospital in 2022 and left without seeing a consultant.

"I want figures on how many people who were inpatients in Mayo University Hospital in 2022 left the hospital without being discharged.

"I want to know how many staff positions are currently vacant in Mayo University Hospital and how long those positions have remained vacant."

There are 19 patients left without beds at Mayo University Hospital today.

In a separate question being tabled ahead of the March 28 meeting of the HSE West Forum, he is seeking information on the average length of time a patient remained in Mayo University Hospital following completion of their treatment last year

"Of those not discharged immediately following completion of treatment, I would like details on what percentage was due to lack of step down facilities, lack of home care service and other reasons," he added.