University Hospital Galway is the main acute hospital in Galway, Ireland.It is a tertiary referral centre for a range of specialities including Oncology, Cardiothoracic Surgery and Cardiology. Together with Merlin Park University Hospital the hospitals comprise the Galway University Hospitals . These are the main Heath Service hospitals in Western Ireland. GUH working with Roscommon hospital was seen as a pilot for the H hosptial moder Health Minister James Reilly, making ter of its own destcording to then-CEO Bill Maher. That group was expanded so that Galway University Hospitals became part of the West-Northwest hospital group, now called Saolta.CEO Bill Maher was the subject of an internal audit revealing potential conflict of interest at the time of his appointment leading to the award of contracts without tendering worth approximately €338,000 to Northgate, an organisation Bill Maher held a consulting contract with at the same time. At the time he was also in receipt of top-up payments from St. Vincent s Healthcare Group, and a top-up allowance for working in Galway. He has since left the public health system.Most acute medical services for the city and region are provided at University Hospital Galway. However other services such as non-acute Rehabilitation, Renal Medicine, Rheumatology and Elective Orthopaedics are provided at the Merlin Park University Hospital site. The Hospital is a designated Cancer Centre under the HSE s cancer control strategy, however certain supraregional services such as Neurosurgery are not available within the GUH group.