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Mayo University Hospital

MUH Committed To Excellence

We aim to achieve excellence through securing meaningful patient engagement from the bed side to the management table; driven by engaged staff from all disciplines and grades, who are empowered by a commitment of support from senior management, for continuous quality improvement.

MUH is a 300 beds Model 3 Acute hospital with 5 directorates. For more information, see the "Introduction" tab below.

Main Phone Number: +353 (0)94 9021733

MUH Leadership Team 

MUH Application of Framework for Improving Quality

MUH is committed to delivering high quality patient centred services. Click Here to find out how we are achieving this through the application of the HSE’s Framework for Improving Quality.

Visiting times are: 
There is open visiting in Mayo University Hospital.

Introduction to MUH 


The Medical Directorate

The Medical Directorate incorporates Respiratory, Gastroenterology, Endocrinology, Gerontology, Acute medical and non invasive Cardiology. This directorate has more than 9000 inpatient discharges a year. MUH has a busy Emergency department with >39,000 attendances per annum with an admission conversion range of 30%. We have 6 day Renal Dialysis unit (watch short video), Stroke Unit (watch short video) and Oncology Day unit that compounds all its own chemotherapy locally. Its Coronary Care Unit is part of the joint ICU/ CCU. MUH has an Endoscopy unit with medical / surgical endoscopy 5 days a week. There is also a weekly visiting service for Dermatology, Haematology, Oncology and Nephrology.

Medical Consultants

Video: Dr Delia Bogdanet, Consultant in Endocrinology and Diabetes; Dr Anca Trulea Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Prof Tom O Malley, Consultant in Geriatric and Stroke Medicine highlight the role of Medical Consultants in MUH


The Peri-Operative Directorate

The Peri-Operative directorate incorporates Anaesthetics, General surgery and Orthopaedics, seeing approximately 1,250 elective and 2,500 non elective per year. We have a visiting service in outpatient for ENT and Urology. We have a 4 room operating theatres and minor procedures room in the DSU. It also incorporates the Intensive Care Unit and Anaesthetic department with outreach for critical care.

The Women’s Health and Children's Directorate

The Women’s Health and Children's Directorate incorporates an obstetric department with < 1700 births a year and a paediatric and special care baby unit. We have just recently set up a Paediatric Decision Unit to fast track children out of the ED and direct assessment by appropriate senior decision maker. Please Click Here to watch a short video about the MUH Paediatric Department.

Maternity Department 

As a maternity department, we aim to empower each woman to have a positive labour and birth experience and to enable each woman to have the support of a nominated support partner of their choice throughout the process of labour and birth. Click here for more information about preparing to have a baby in MUH, antenatal classes schedule and useful resources. 

The Radiology Directorate

The Radiology Directorate is leading the way nationally with integration with primary care (2018 National Health Care Awards Finalist and Overal Winner - Primary Care Centre Integration) and social care regarding direct access and service delivery in plain radiology and Ultrasound in Primary care centres. Please Click Here to watch a short video about the MUH Radiology Department.

The Laboratory Directorate

The Laboratory Directorate is a very strong department with a significant history of accreditation in all modalities.


The Occupational Therapy Department 

Gracia Gomez Kelly, OT Manager in Mayo University Hospital describes living and working in Mayo.

Wellness Walkway at MUH

The walkway is located on the first floor of the hospital, it is designed to support patients to remain active during their hospital stay. We have exercise stations designed by physiotherapists at intervals along the walk with wall panels illustrating different lower and upper body exercises.. The walkway is 130m long with exercise stations and seated areas to allow patients get away from the busy ward environment. Download the wellness walkway info sheet here 

Current Vacancies at MUH

If you are interested in joining our well established teams please Click Here for further information

Access To Your Health Records

Health Records - A Guide For Patients (PDF file format)

Access to health records:

Email for further information or to make a request


Car Parking Charges

  • There is a fixed charge of €2 for the first 3 hours
  • Every additional hour is charged at €1 per hour
  • The maximum daily charge is €5
  • Weekly tickets may be purchased in the hospital foyer. These cost €15.

The ticket machines only accept cash or coins, with change given. Cards are not currently accepted at the ticket machines.

Mayo University Hospital Map

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Paediatric Clinics up and running in Mayo University Hospital

Paediatric Clinics up and running in Mayo University Hospital

The team at Mayo University Hospital have resumed the Paediatric Clinics and have put a number of new measures in place to ensure the clinics can be run safely in the context of COVID-19.

Virtual Outpatient Clinics take place at Mayo University Hospital

In response to the COVID outbreak, the Orthopaedic and Physiotherapy teams at Mayo University Hospital (MUH) developed virtual clinics to assess patients with fractures who could be managed remotely. With the support of hospital management and co-operation from Radiology, Administration and Nursing staff, the special clinics have minimised hospital visits for hundreds of patients, keeping them safe at home as much as possible

New Cardiac Care Unit in place in Mayo University Hospital Routine Cardiology Services have resumed at the hospital

Cardiology outpatient appointments and clinics are now gradually resuming at Mayo University Hospital (MUH). In addition, a new dedicated Cardiac Care Unit (CCU) has opened in the hospital. The unit, which was developed as part of the hospitals COVID-19 planning, has resulted in an increase of 12 monitored specialist cardiology beds.

Mayo University Hospital working towards further resumption of services

Mayo University Hospital working towards further resumption of services

Work is currently underway at Mayo University Hospital to re-introduce clinics and services that were deferred over the last number of months.

‘Sending Love’ at Mayo University Hospital to keep patients and families connected

‘Sending Love’ at Mayo University Hospital to keep patients and families connected

The Occupational Therapy Department at Mayo University Hospital are inviting family and friends of patients in the hospital to email a letter, photo or video which will be printed, popped into an envelope and delivered to their loved one in hospital. Videos are loaded onto a tablet which is brought to the patient’s bedside to view.


Mayo University Hospital Support Services

Our directorates are well supported with clinical and non-clinical departments including Health and Social Care professionals, Quality & Safety department, Medical Records, HR, Maintenance and Finance. We also work very closely with outside contractors in the supply of our Catering and Cleaning requirements.

Quality and Patient Safety (QPS)

The Quality and Patient Safety Team at Mayo University Hospital supports the delivery of excellent, safe and effective person-centred care at all times. We work under the HSE values of care, compassion, trust and learning to facilitate further strengthening and improvement of quality & patient safety in healthcare through partnership with patients, staff and the community we serve. Click here to learn more about our team and how to provide feedback or make a complaint.

Our Quality & Patient Safety Team aims to:

  • Listen to your concerns, suggestions or queries.
  • Listen to what went well and share your positive feedback with staff.
  • Advise and support patients, carers and families.
  • Provide information on Mayo University Hospital services.
  • Help to sort out problems quickly on your behalf and put you in touch with other sources of help.
  • Facilitate learning and quality improvement initiatives based on incidents & feedback.
  • Support patient & family involvement in the planning, delivery & evaluation of care.

Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) 

Lorraine Cooney PALS Coordinator 

PALS provides a confidential and impartial liaison service for patients and their carers. PALS can offer support and advice, respond to any concerns you may have and can take your comments and suggestions for service improvements.

Your care will not be adversely affected by contacting PALS, rather we hope it will improve your experience and make things better for you and others. Some concerns take a little longer to resolve than others, PALS will support you until the matter has been resolved. If we are unable to sort things out to your satisfaction we will advise you on the formal complaints process and what you need to do.

Lorraine Cooney, PALS Coordinator can be contacted Monday – Friday on 094 904 2172 or 087 943 6046 or  For more information please view our leaflet


Promoting Patient Engagement 

“Nothing About Me Without Me”

As a patient, staff or member of the public we hope you will find this website a useful means of engagement with your Hospital. Please click here to learn more about our Patient Engagement Forum

Staff Engagement

We also welcome and encourage feedback, suggestions or opportunities from our staff. Staff may email

Please click here to learn more about our Staff Engagement Forum

Compliments, Feedback & Complaints

Your experience matters

We welcome and encourage feedback and suggestions from you on the service we provide. Please submit your feedback to the following email address or into a feedback post box located in different areas around the hospital.

How do I Make a Complaint?

Stage 1:

The best way to raise any concern is to speak to the nurse, doctor or other staff member who is looking after you. If they cannot resolve the issue or you are unhappy with their response, their line manager can also support you.

Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS)

PALS provides a liaison service for Patients, Carers and Visitors.

To get in touch with PALS, Phone 094 904 2172 or 087 943 6046 or Email include your name, contact details and brief details of your concern.

If we feel an issue needs to be escalated as a complaint we will advise you on this process.

Stage 2:

Formal Complaints

We try to resolve all complaints as quickly and efficiently as possible and this is often via the PALS Service. However, you have a right to make a formal complaint without going through the Stage 1 process above or if you are unhappy with the response you received initially. You can of course in this instance request that your concerns or complaints are dealt with formally.

Feedback and complaints are really important to us; they help us to identify faults or areas for improvements. We treat any complaint seriously, looking into all issues raised with respect, fairness and confidentiality; ensuring your complaint does not affect your current or future treatment.

If you would like to make a complaint, this should normally be made within twelve months of the event you wish to complain about, or within twelve months of the date you found out about the problem. For national information, please visit:,-compliment-or-complaint.html

We aim to:

  • acknowledge your complaint either verbally or in writing within 5 working days
  • we might call or ask to meet you to hear more about it
  • provide a full response by letter or email as requested, within the agreed timescale
  • contact you to ask for more time, if needed
  • keep you updated every 20 working days after that

If you are not happy with the outcome of your complaint, you can ask for an internal review by the HSE. You can also ask for an external review from the Ombudsman or the Ombudsman for Children.


If you would like support in making your complaint, an advocacy organisation may help you to do this. For more information, please visit:

Learning from Feedback

We see feedback from patients and families as an opportunity to recognise excellence, learn from mistakes and to make improvements. We aim to build confidence in the complaints system by sharing some of the positive outcomes from feedback in order to encourage people to speak up and share their concerns as a vital part of improving the patient experience.



Communication Training

As a result from feedback we have initiated a hospital wide communication training package. This involved bespoke communication training for our Emergency Department staff as well as the role out of the National Healthcare Communication Programme (NHCP) which is designed to support healthcare staff to take a skilled, sensitive and person-centred approach to all conversations with patients, their families and with colleagues. The Programme is under-pinned by the Core Values of Care, Compassion, Trust and Learning. We are also supporting our own staff to be trained to deliver this training on an ongoing basis.


Volunteering in Mayo University Hospital 

Volunteer With Us

The MUH Volunteer Service has had over 50 members of the community participating in the scheme since its inception in March 2012, with volunteers ensuring patients and visitors have a warm, friendly welcome and are assisted with directions and any information needed.

Our Meet and Greet volunteers are members of the public from various walks of life - what they offer is a willingness to help others accessing acute hospital services. Please consider joining our volunteer team and help us:

  • Give a friendly welcome and a reassuring first impression to all who enter the hospital
  • Observe for and offer assistance to people who look lost or unsure of where they are going
  • Provide directions
  • Ensure patients are in the right queue for outpatients/x-ray etc
  • Assist with accompanying patients to various departments
  • Supply information and answer queries, for example visiting times, shop opening times

Catherine Donohoe, Hospital Manager said, “Patients are at the heart of everything we do and this is most true for our volunteers who demonstrate this in the care, laughs and smiles that they exchange with our patients. Our volunteers bring the energy and enthusiasm of members of the local community who want to give something back, into the hospital.”

If you wish to volunteer with us, you can discuss with Brendan Coyne, our Lead Volunteer on 086 155 0035 and/or please complete this form and send back to the Patient Engagement & Partnership Improvement Coordinator, Quality and Patient Safety Department, Mayo University Hospital, Castlebar, Co. Mayo, Ireland, F23 H529 or via email to 094 904 2171

If you need any additional support with the application process, Ciara or Brendan will be happy to support you.

Download the Volunteer Service application form here 




Assisted Decision Making

26th of April 2023 has been set as the day for the abolition of wardship, the operationalisation of the Decision Support Service, and the introduction of a new system of tiered decision-making supports. For more information please visit the following links: