Portiuncula University Hospital

Portiuncula University Hospital (Irish: Ospidéal Ollscoile Phortiuncula) is a public hospital located in Ballinasloe, County Galway, Ireland. It is managed by Saolta University Health Care Group.[1]

Portiuncula University Hospital
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Portiuncula University Hospital is located in Ireland
Portiuncula University Hospital
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LocationBallinasloe, County Galway, Ireland
Coordinates53°19′37″N 8°14′14″W / 53.3269°N 8.2373°W / 53.3269; -8.2373Coordinates: 53°19′37″N 8°14′14″W / 53.3269°N 8.2373°W / 53.3269; -8.2373
Emergency departmentYes


The Franciscan Missionaries of the Divine Motherhood opened a nursing home at "Mount Pleasant" in 1943, and John Dignan, the bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Clonfert, invited them to found a hospital, which opened on 9 April 1945.[2] The nuns named their hospital after Portiuncula in Italy, the place where Franciscanism began.[3]

The hospital changed its name from Portiuncula General Hospital to Portiuncula University Hospital in November 2015.[4]


The hospital provides 195 in-patient beds and 25 day case beds.[5]


In July 2014 a number of serious hygiene issues were raised during an unscheduled inspection of the hospital by Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA). These issues concerned the management of blood monitoring equipment at the hospital, and inspectors found blood-stained sticky tape on a window sill beside a patient's bed, as well as failure to dispose of used blood sampling equipment. Inspectors also found the fixtures of the hospital to be in a state of disrepair. The report recommended a "more robust system of managing and maintaining such equipment is put in place to mitigate the risks to patients and staff of acquiring a healthcare association infection".[6]


  1. ^ "Six hospital groups 'most fundamental reform in decades'". Irish Medical Times. 14 May 2013. Retrieved 27 May 2019.
  2. ^ "Portiuncula Hospital Ballinasloe - History and Reputation". Hospitals. HSE. Archived from the original on 16 October 2014. Retrieved 17 July 2013.
  3. ^ Bihl, Michael (1911). ""Portiuncula"". The Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. Retrieved 28 April 2014.
  4. ^ "Letter to Eugene Murphy" (PDF). Health Service Executive. 11 November 2016. Retrieved 18 May 2019.
  5. ^ "Portiuncula Galway". Archived from the original on 11 February 2011. Retrieved 8 September 2010.
  6. ^ Duncal, Pamela (July 2014). "Inspectors find dust, faulty lights and equipment in Portiuncula". The Irish Times. Dublin. Retrieved 8 July 2014.

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