The provision of a minor injury clinic could help alleviate waiting times at the Emergency Department in Sligo University Hospital (SUH).
joint motion submitted by Cllr Paul Taylor and Cllr Martin Baker at Monday’s monthly meeting of Sligo County Council called on Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly to introduce a clinic which would free medical staff at the Emergency Department for more urgent cases.
Proposed locations included within SUH, Ballymote Primary Care Centre, or an injury unit in Tubbercurry.
Cllr Taylor said this could alleviate the huge waiting times patients are seeing currently and Cllr Baker stating patients are waiting up to 14 hours to be seen.
Some of the biggest issues are coming from people being referred to casualty for minor injuries, according to Cllr Martin Baker, who said they could be addressed in another facility if it were to be made available.
Cllr Declan Bree, who is member of the Regional Health Forum West, said the HSE has confirmed that an additional 15.6 (whole time equivalent) staff nurses were required in the department.
Cllr Rosaleen O’Grady, while agreeing that there is a need for something to be done, said that one aspect of major concern is staffing and that opening a minor injury unit does not address the staffing issue at the core of the whole problem.
Cllr Taylor said: “If this clinic was forthcoming, we could certainly work on the staffing issues that come with it. A clinic outside the grounds of Sligo University Hospital might be able to resolve those issues a little bit easier.”