Who We Are + What We Do

Emergency Medicine

Emergency Medicine is the medical specialty concerned with caring for undifferentiated and unscheduled patients with illnesses or injuries requiring immediate medical attention.

Open All Hours

The Emergency Department (ED) is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Patients  of all age groups attend with a wide variety of medical, surgical, traumatic, toxicological and psychosocial presentations.

Our Team

Our team are responsible for initiating resuscitation and stabilization, starting investigations and interventions to diagnose and treat illnesses in the acute phase, coordinating care with specialists, and determining disposition regarding patients’ need for hospital admission, observation, or discharge.

Our team is made up of

  • Doctors (Consultants in Emergency Medicine, Specialist Registrars, Middle Grades, SHOs, and Interns)
  • Nursing staff (CNM3, Clinical Facilitator, Advanced Nurse Practitioners, CNM2s, and Staff Nurses)
  • Ward Receptionist
  • Health Care Assistants
  • Clerical Staff (Receptionists, Secretaries)
  • Multi Task Attendants
  • Household staff
  • Security Staff

Consultant Staff

Dr Kieran Cunningham (Specialty Co-ordinator)
Special interests: Paediatric Emergency Medicine, Injury Prevention
Tel: 071 913 6800

Dr Karen Harris

Special interests: Simulation Training, Critical Care

Mr Fergal Hickey
Special interests: Resuscitation, Sports and Soft Tissue Medicine


Dr Michael Sweeney
Special interests: Evidence-Based Medicine, Ultrasound

Non-Consultant Hospital Doctor Staff

8 Middle Grade Staff including:

  • 2-3 Specialist Registrars from the National Advanced Specialist Training scheme in Emergency Medicine
  • 5-6 Registrars

8 Senior House Officers from Core Training Schemes in Emergency Medicine, Medicine and General Practice

Sligo University Hospital is a recognized training hospital for the three year Core Specialist Training in Emergency Medicine (CSTEM) - This includes a total of 18 months Emergency Medicine,  3-month rotations in Orthopaedics and Acute Medicine, and 6-month rotations in Paediatrics and Anaesthetics/ICU.

1 Intern

Nursing Staff

Erin Lyons
Clinical Nurse Manager III

Catherine Kelly

Clinical Facilitator

Advanced Nurse Practitioners

Denise Guckian

Joan Groarke

Clinical Nurse Managers II

Trish Luby

Ann McCoy

Martina McManus

Joanne Comber

Julie McGrath

Michael McDonagh

Paddy Gallagher

Other Clinical Staff

Our service is supported by staff from other hospital departments



Occupational Therapists

Mental Health Liaison



Laboratory Scientists

Social WorkersCardiac Investigations 


Layout of the Emergency Department

The ED is divided into the following areas

  • Waiting Room
    • Reception
    • 2 Triage Rooms
  • Paediatric Area
    • Paediatric Waiting Room
    • 2 Paediatric Cubicles
  • Ambulatory Care Area
    • 2 Cubicles
    • Plaster Room
    • ENT/Dental Room
    • Eye Room
  • Main Treatment Room
    • 8 Cubicles
    • 2 Isolation Room
  • Resuscitation Room
    • 2 Resuscitation Bays

Emergency Services

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Our sevice is closely allied with colleagues other Emergency Services

National Ambulance Service


Irish Coastguard

Air Corps

Fire Service

Mountain Rescue Ireland

Community Liaison

Our service works in conjunction with community-based health services. Many of our patients are referred to us by their General Practitioners , and we communicate with GPs when their patients have attended the ED.

Our frailty team has a community outreach to follow-up on older patients who are at risk from falls.

We also have referral pathways for Community Intervention Team, for Community-based Physiotherapy, for Public Health Nurse follow-up of infants, and for community Mental Health Services.

We also have access (depending on availability)  to respite and step-down beds in Community Hospitals

Specialist Nursing Support

The ED is also supported by hospital-based nurse specialists and advanced nurse practitioners in the following areas

  • Frailty and Falls
  • Stoma Care
  • Wound Care
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes
  • Respiratory
  • Neurology
  • Dermatology
  • Oncology
  • Ophthalmic
  • Haemovigilance
  • Infection Control
  • Resuscitation Training Officer
  • Neonatal
  • Palliative Care
  • Discharge Coordinators

Hospital Specialists in Sligo University Hospital

The ED has access to a wide array of hospital specialists. We work closely with our colleagues in these specialties to provide the best care for our patients

  • Anaesthetics, Intensive Care, and Pain Medicine
  • Cardiology
  • Dermatology
  • Elderly Medicine
  • Endocrinology
  • ENT surgery
  • Gastroenterology
  • General Surgery
  • Haematology
  • Histopathology
  • Internal Medicine
  • Microbiology
  • Neurology
  • Obstetrics & Gynaecology
  • Oncology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Oral Surgery/ Orthodontics
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Paediatrics
  • Palliative Care Medicine
  • Psychiatry
  • Radiology (including Interventional Radiology)
  • Renal Medicine
  • Respiratory Medicine
  • Rheumatology
  • Urology

Access to other Specialties

Other specialists are available in other hospitals in Ireland. We transfer patients when required to Regional or National Centers.

  • Plastic Surgery – Galway University Hospital, Galway
  • Interventional Cardiology – Galway University Hospital, Galway
  • Maxillofacial Surgery – Altnagelvin Hospital, Derry
  • Neurosurgery – Beaumont Hospital, Dublin and Temple Street Children’s Hospital, Dublin
  • Interventional Neuroradiology – Beaumont Hospital, Dublin
  • Vascular Surgery – Galway University Hospital, Galway
  • Hyperbaric Medicine – Cork University Hospital, Cork
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery – Galway University Hospital, Galway
  • Spinal Surgery – Mater Hospital, Dublin
  • Complex Burns – St James’s Hospital, Dublin
  • Complex Paediatrics or Paediatric Surgery – Crumlin Children’s Hospital or Temple St Children’s Hospital

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