University Hospital Galway

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University Hospital Galway
Ospidéil na hOllscoile Gaillimh
Health Service Executive
Galway University Hospital.jpg
Geography
LocationNewcastle Road, Galway City, Ireland
Organisation
Care systemHSE
Hospital typeTeaching
Affiliated universityNUI Galway
Services
Emergency departmentYes
Beds708
History
Founded1924
Links
Websitehttp://www.guh.hse.ie
 
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University Hospital Galway
Ospidéil na hOllscoile Gaillimh
Health Service Executive
Galway University Hospital.jpg
Geography
LocationNewcastle Road, Galway City, Ireland
Organisation
Care systemHSE
Hospital typeTeaching
Affiliated universityNUI Galway
Services
Emergency departmentYes
Beds708
History
Founded1924
Links
Websitehttp://www.guh.hse.ie

University Hospital Galway (formerly known as Galway Regional Hospital and then later as University College Hospital Galway) is the main acute hospital in Galway, Ireland.

It is a tertiary referral centre for a range of specialities including Oncology, Cardiothoracic Surgery and Cardiology. Together with Merlin Park University Hospital the hospitals comprise the Galway University Hospitals (GUH) group. These are the main Heath Service (HSE) hospitals in Western Ireland. Galway University Hospitals are associated with Roscommon Hospital under the same management structure. Most acute medical services for the city and region are provided at University Hospital Galway. However other services such as non-acute Rehabilitation, Renal Medicine, Rheumatology and Elective Orthopaedics are provided at the Merlin Park University Hospital site. The Hospital is a designated Cancer Centre under the HSE's cancer control strategy, however certain supraregional services such as Neurosurgery are not available within the GUH group.

UHG lies west of Galway city centre, beside the National University of Ireland, Galway.

Services[edit]

It is one of the major academic teaching hospitals in Ireland and is attached to National University of Ireland, Galway (NUI, Galway). The Emergency Department at UHG is the regional centre for accident and emergency services in the Health Service Executive West. It treats on average 65,000 patients per annum. In-patient services include internal medicine, general surgery, breast surgery, geriatric assessment, infectious diseases, psychiatry, emergency medicine, intensive-care medicine, cardiology, cardiothoracic surgery, dermatology, gastroenterology, haematology, nephrology, neurology, oncology, palliative medicine, respiratory medicine, rheumatology, gastrointestinal surgery, colorectal surgery, maxillofacial surgery, ophthalmology, orthopaedics, otorhinolaryngology, vascular surgery, urology, obstetrics and gynaecology, paediatrics, anaesthesia, clinical pharmacology, radiology, and radiotherapy.

Development[edit]

The Hospital was opened in 1956 having been developed on the campus of the old Galway Central Hospital. Only the Fever Hospital structure of this campus remains. Historical expansions included the extension of the Maternity Hospital and the addition of a Psychiatric Unit.

A major capital development programme, costing in excess of 100m has recently been completed. This development includes Radiotherapy, Intensive care unit, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Cardiology and Cardiothoracic Surgery. There is also a range of minor capital developments supporting specialities such as Endocrinology, Ophthalmology and Oncology.

Forthcoming developments include a Translation Medicine facility in association with NUI, Galway on the University Hospital Galway campus. A major research association is with the Regenerative Medicine (REMEDI) Institute of the University.

Medical School[edit]

The Galway University Hospitals are the main teaching hospitals for the Medical School of National University of Ireland, Galway. The University is sited across the road from the University Hospital. Clinical teaching is provided at the University's Clinical Science Institute attached to University Hospital Galway. The current intake is approximately 120 student doctors annually. Additional teaching occurs at the University's teaching hospitals at the medical schools academies at Sligo General Hospital, Mayo General Hospital (Castlebar), Portiuncula Hospital (Ballinasloe) and Letterkenny General Hospital.

Charities[edit]

The CROI (croi meaning "heart" in the Irish language) charity is a large cardiology charity indigenously associated with the hospital.

Death of Savita Halappanavar[edit]

In October 2012, pregnant Indian lady Savita Halappanavar suffered a miscarriage and died after seeking treatment at the hospital. The death led to protests over Ireland's anti-abortion laws and investigations into the actions of the hospital during her treatment.[1] The inquest returned a verdict of "medical misadventure" on 19 April 2013.[2][3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Suroor, Hasan (15 November 2012). "Savita's death triggers Irish backlash against anti-abortion law". The Hindu. Retrieved 27 November 2012. 
  2. ^ "Verdict of medical misadventure in Savita Halappanavar inquest". RTÉ News (Raidió Teilifís Éireann). 19 April 2013. Retrieved 19 April 2013. 
  3. ^ Holland, Kitty (19 April 2013). "Praveen Halappanavar: “you lose your rights basically when you are pregnant” in Ireland". The Irish Times (Irish Times Trust). Retrieved 19 April 2013. 

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