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.

Consultant Staff

  • Dr Michael Sweeney (Specialty Co-ordinator)
  • Dr Kieran Cunningham
  • Dr Karen Harris
  • Dr Áine Mitchell
  • Dr Mohammed Qotb
  • Dr Stephen Gilmartin
  • Dr Jessica O’Connell
  • Dr Mohsin Hussein

    Non-Consultant Hospital Doctor Staff

    8 Middle Grade Staff including:

    • 4 Specialist Registrars from the National Advanced Specialist Training scheme in Emergency Medicine
    • 6 Registrars

    8 Senior House Officers from Core Training Schemes in Emergency 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

Brona Taaffe

Clinical Facilitator

Advanced Nurse Practitioners

Denise Guckian

Joan Groarke

Paddy Gallagher

Clinical Nurse Managers II

Clerical Staff

Other Clinical Staff

Our service is supported by staff from other hospital departments



Occupational Therapists

Mental Health Liaison



Laboratory Scientists

Social Workers

Cardiac Investigations 


Layout of the Emergency Department

The ED is divided into the following areas

  • Waiting Room
    • Reception
    • 3 Triage Rooms
  • Paediatric Area
    • Paediatric Waiting Room
    • 4 Paediatric Cubicles
  • Ambulatory Care Area
    • 4 Cubicles
    • Eye Room
  • Main Treatment Room
    • 12 Cubicles
    • 4 Isolation Room
  • Resuscitation Room
    • 2 Resuscitation Bays

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