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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.

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

 

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Click here for a virtual tour of the Maternity Services at Sligo University Hospital

Sligo University Hospital participates in the October ‘BIG Switch Off’

Sligo University Hospital “switched off” last weekend in the final phase of a major energy saving competition, called the ‘BIG Switch Off’.

The BIG Switch Off is a staff energy awareness campaign run by the Office of Public Works (OPW) as part of the Optimising Power at Work Programme. In partnership with the HSE’s National Health Sustainability Office (NHSO, six hospitals are participating in the competition, aiming to be named Energy Saving Champion by the OPW and the NHSO.

Awards Success on the Double for Sligo University Hospital

Sligo University Hospital won the Public Sector Award in the SEAI Sustainability Energy Awards which took place last night in Dublin. The award recognised the efforts by the hospital, with support from HSE North West Estates, to focus on energy reduction and energy saving initiatives.

Sligo University Hospital short listed for Excellence in Waste Management and Recycling Award

Sligo University Hospital has been shortlisted for two Pakman Awards under the ‘Professional Services Award’ and ‘Waste Prevention Business Award’ categories.

The Pakman Awards - previously the Repak Recycling Awards - are national awards that recognise excellence in waste management and recycling among businesses, organisations and community groups in Ireland.

Sligo University Hospital shortlisted for the Irish Healthcare Awards

The Cardiac Rehabilitation Team at Sligo University Hospital has been shortlisted for the Irish Healthcare Awards under the ‘Sustainable Healthcare Project of the Year’ category.

Sligo University Hospital providing skin cancer advice at the Ploughing Championships

Experts from the Dermatology Department at Sligo University Hospital will be at the HSE Stand at the National Ploughing Championships from 18 to 20 September to offer skin cancer information to visitors.

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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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