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Hospitals at Saolta University Health Care Group

Letterkenny University Hospital

Letterkenny University Hospital is an acute general and maternity hospital delivering a patient-centred, quality-driven focused service and a wide

Mayo University Hospital

MUH Committed To Excellence

Merlin Park University Hospital

Galway University Hospitals, comprising of University Hospital Galway (UHG) and Merlin Park University Hospital (MPUH), provide a comprehensive ran

Portiuncula University Hospital

Portiuncula University Hospital is a Model 3 hospital providing 24/7 acute surgery, acute medicine and critical care along with Emergency Departmen

Roscommon University Hospital

Roscommon University Hospital is part of the Saolta University Healthcare Group.

Sligo University Hospital

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

University Hospital Galway

Galway University Hospitals, comprising of University Hospital Galway (UHG) and Merlin Park University Hospital (MPUH), provide a comprehensive ran

Advice for Patients attending Sligo University Hospital for scheduled Outpatient appointments

Management at Sligo University Hospital would like to remind patients who are attending outpatient appointments to attend on their own except where they need the support or assistance of a family member or a carer, and to wear a face covering at all times.
 

The Radiology Department at Sligo University Hospital reaches 1million mark

The Radiology Department at Sligo University Hospital has reached a milestone of one million patient examinations since introducing the National Integrated Medical Imaging System (NIMIS) to the hospital 9 years ago.

Pilot project using photos to triage skin cancer at Sligo University Hospital

Pilot project using photos to triage skin cancer at Sligo University Hospital

Sligo University Hospital, along with the National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP), has commenced a pilot project to allow GPs to send photos when making referrals to the hospital.

Ambassador of India thanks Sligo University Hospital for its great work during the Pandemic

The Indian Ambassador to Ireland, Mr Sandeep Kumar visited Sligo University Hospital today, 01 July to thank the management and staff of the hospital for the great work carried out to date with the COVID-19 outbreak. Mr Kumar met senior management at the hospital as well as meeting some of the staff from India employed at the hospital.

Sligo University Hospital reminds the public that there is no visiting permitted at the hospital other than in exceptional circumstances

Sligo University Hospital would like to remind the public that visiting is still not permitted at the hospital, other than in exceptional circumstances.

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Photo Title Hospital Location Telephone
All Sligo Wards Sligo University Hospital 071 9171111
Cardiac Investigations Department Sligo University Hospital 071 9174610
Catering Department Sligo University Hospital 071 9174457
Clinical Audit Department Sligo University Hospital 071 9171111 extn 74255
Emergency Department Sligo University Hospital 071 914504
Health Promotion Department Sligo University Hospital 071 9174548
Infection Prevention and Control Department Sligo University Hospital 071 9171111 extn 74459
Information Communication Technology Department Sligo University Hospital 071 9171111 extn 74771
Library and Information Services Department Sligo University Hospital 071 9174604
Maternity Antenatal Classes Sligo University Hospital 071 9174608

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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.

Cause?

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:

                                                                                     

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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

 

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