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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


Click here for information on our antenatal classes

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

SUH Flu vaccine prize winners

SUH Flu vaccine prize winners

The draw for the prizes for staff who had the flu vaccine was held recently in Sligo University Hospital with Anne Marie Mahon and Niamh Finlay from Occupational Health making the draw . The lucky winners were:

Caolan Coleman, Medical Intern
Jonathan Morrissey, Microbiology Dept
Niamh Walsh , CNM 2 OPD
Helena Haran, Physiotherapist 

Transition Year students experience "A Day in the life of Sligo University Hospital"

Transition Year students experience "A Day in the life of Sligo University Hospital"

Transition Year students from a number of Sligo schools took part in the annual Sligo University Hospital's three day Transition Year programme. They received an overview of the many career opportunities available to them at Sligo University Hospital, including medicine, nursing, the national ambulance service, the laboratory and a variety of allied health professional roles.

Sligo University Hospital Midwifery Project wins Irish Healthcare Award

Sligo University Hospital Midwifery Project wins Irish Healthcare Award

An initiative to improve patient safety in the Maternity Department at Sligo University Hospital was the winner of the Midwifery Led Project at the CMG Irish Healthcare Awards held in Dublin recently.

Sligo University Hospital statement relating to Status Red weather warning

Sligo University Hospital statement relating to Status Red weather warning

Following the upgrade of the weather warning last night by Met Eireann to Status Red for the entire country today (Thursday March 1st), Sligo University Hospital (SUH) has cancelled routine electives and outpatient appointments today and tomorrow (Friday 2nd ). This includes ante-natal clinics due to take place today in Ballyshannon and Carrickonshannon. 

Sligo University Hospital looking for volunteers to lead the way

Sligo University Hospital looking for volunteers to lead the way

Sligo University Hospital is calling for people who are interested in becoming Meet and Greet Volunteers in the hospital. Volunteers provide assistance to patients and visitors to Sligo University Hospital, their role is to help with directions, answer general enquiries and in essence, be a ‘go to’ information point at the hospital.


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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.


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:


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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