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Sligo University Hospital

Sligo University Hospital provides high-quality healthcare to the people of Sligo, Leitrim, South Donegal and West Cavan.

SUH provides Acute Inpatient, Outpatient, and Day Services as well as Regional Specialty Services in Ophthalmology and Ear, Nose and Throat Services.

SUH has a Medical Academy with NUI Galway which includes clinical rotations/ education for medical students from NUI Galway on Sligo University Hospital Campus.

Sligo University Hospital is committed in line with national HSE policy to a sustainable healthcare system, which delivers high quality care and improved public health without exhausting natural resources or causing severe ecological damage. Read more about our Green Charter here

Main Phone Number: +353 (0)71 917 1111

Click here for information on our antenatal classes and breastfeeding classes 

Neighbours Walking Together

Neighbours Walking Together

Peter Sweeney, Emma O' Toole, Ciara Glynn and Simon Fahy are final year students from Public Health and Health Promotion in IT Sligo. They have been working in partnership with Sligo University Hospital (SUH) in creating a supportive environment for staff, patients, visitors of SUH and the IT Sligo population to carry out physical activity. This has involved mapping and developing appropriate walking routes around SUH/IT Sligo area.

Sligo University Hospital unveil ‘bench project’ as part of Health and Wellbeing initiative

Sligo University Hospital unveil ‘bench project’ as part of Health and Wellbeing initiative

As part of the HSE Healthy Ireland Policy and HIQA Nutritional & Hydration Standards Better Health & Well-being, Sligo University Hospital (SUH) is always actively promoting Healthy lifestyle initiatives, in efforts to support the health and wellbeing of staff, families, patients and service users and on Wednesday 01 March, 2017 saw the unveiling of the ‘bench project’ as part of their Health and Wellbeing initiative.

Sligo University Hospital launches Calorie Posting Policy as part of HSE’s Healthy Ireland Policy

Sligo University Hospital launches Calorie Posting Policy as part of HSE’s Healthy Ireland Policy

Sligo University Hospital officially launched their Calorie Posting Policy on Wednesday, 01 March, 2017. As part of the HSE’s Healthy Ireland Policy, Sligo University Hospital began rolling out the HSE Calorie Positing Policy back in October 2015 and introduced a 6 Phase Plan to complete this process for all hot and cold food items and beverages in the staff canteen/coffee dock.

New Integrated Blood Sciences Department opens at Sligo University Hospital

New Integrated Blood Sciences Department opens at Sligo University Hospital

The new Integrated Blood Sciences Department at the Laboratory in Sligo University Hospital was officially opened on Monday February 27th 2017. The facility was formally opened by Michael O’Brien who was the first member of staff in the laboratory in SUH and who worked there for 25 years.

Visiting restrictions continue at Sligo University Hospital

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Sligo University Hospital seeks co-operation of public to prevent the spread of vomiting and diarrhoea illness in the hospital


17th October 2016


Sligo University Hospital is requesting that visitors do not attend at the hospital due to the presence of norovirus (vomiting bug) in a number of wards.

The following visiting restrictions apply:


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Information for Open Water Swimmers, Surfers, Kayakers and all Cold Water Athletes

What is Surfer’s Ear?

Well for starters, it’s not just for surfers. In fact, all cold water athletes are at risk of developing the condition. Surfer’s Ear is a medical condition clinically known as External Auditory Canal Exostoses (EACE) or Exostoses, which is caused by repeated exposure to cold water and wind.

Exostoses are formed in response to a continuous change of temperature within the ear canal. As cold water regularly swirls along the ear canal, the body responds by warming the affected area, this also stimulates bone-producing cells within the ear canal, which cause the bone surrounding the ear to develop a bony growth.

These benign bone growths can lead to infections, water trapping, hearing loss and complete closure of the ear canal if left untreated

The condition develops slowly over time and it may take 10 to 15 years for the symptoms to appear.


Research shows that Surfer’s Ear is most likely in exposure to cold water below 19deg. In Ireland, the water is usually at its warmest in August and even then the average temperature ranges from 13 to 17 degrees. The bottom line is – the water in Ireland is always too cold for our ears!

Surfer's Ear Clinic

Doctors from Sligo University Hospital held a Surfer’s Ear clinic to raise awareness of the condition.         


What does Surfer’s Ear look like?


How do you protect your ears?

Wear earplugs.

The advice couldn’t be simpler; this truly is a practical and cost-effective way to reduce your risk of developing exostoses. Hearing loss associated with wearing earplugs was identified through our study as the main deterrent for athletes across all sporting disciplines. However, modern earplugs are not only discrete but also let sound in and keep water out.

What to do if you are worried?

Visit your GP and ask him/her to check your ears. Your GP may then refer you to your nearest hospital to see a specialist Ear Nose and Throat doctor to examine your ears further.

Research at Sligo University Hospital

A team of consultants, doctors and staff from the Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) department conducted a year-long project to examine Irish cold water athlete’s awareness and understanding of exostoses as well as athlete’s attitudes towards preventative measures such as wearing earplugs.

The ENT team held five “Surfer’s Ear Clinics” which examined almost 100 cold water athletes, concluding that 1 in 2 athletes had Surfer’s Ear.

The Irish Institute of Otorhinolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery provided Dr Seamus Boyle, ENT SpR at the hospital, with financial support in the form of a small grant to progress this research. The Institute plans to work with him to expand this project, as outlined by Professor Nash Patil in the video below:


Calling all triathletes, surfers, open water swimmers, sub aqua and non-water athletes –  help us with our research 'To Determine Water Athletes Awareness of Surfers Ear or Exostosis and Attitudes to wearing Ear Plugs', click here


Information coming soon