Hospital services

Dublin hospital services under ‘extreme pressure’ as public urged to avoid A&E

Two Dublin hospitals have urged the public to avoid their A&Es as wards are under ‘extreme pressure’.

Mater Hospital said it currently has a high number of presentations to its emergency department, resulting in long wait times for patients with elective conditions.

In a statement on Twitter, a spokesperson said: “Where possible, the Mater advises patients with non-emergency conditions to seek assistance from other parts of the health service such as minor injury units. or their GP.

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They apologized for the inconvenience but said any patient requiring emergency hospital treatment would be seen.

Similarly, Tallaght University Hospital is also asking the public to avoid its emergency department due to “high attendance by very sick people with various illnesses”.

The hospital spokesperson added: “We advise the public to consider alternative care options before going to the emergency room, as unfortunately people with less urgent complaints will experience long wait times. at the emergency.

“We are working to ensure that care is prioritized for the sickest patients.

The hospital regrets any delay a patient of any age experiences while waiting in our emergency department, patients are prioritized based on clinical need.”

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