Sunday 11 December 2016

Beaumont Hospital postpones non-urgent operations due to increase in people at emergency department

Published 21/01/2016 | 18:26

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Beaumont Hospital
Mater hospital

Beaumont Hospital has said it is postponing non-urgent procedures for tomorrow due to an increase in the numbers of people coming to the emergency department.

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Earlier today, non-urgent elective  procedures were postponed at St James, the Mater Hospital and Cork University Hospital.

The Mater Hospital management had asked members of the public "where possible to attend their GP in the first instance, or the Rapid Injury Clinic in Smithfield for minor injuries".

Cork University Hospital (CUH) has also made the decision to cancel similar procedures, as more than 1,700 patients entered their emergency department in the past eight days.

An increased number of patients requiring hospital admission and the recent cold weather (injuries suffered through falls) have resulted in the increased levels of activity - and delays - at both emergency departments.

These delays have had a knock-on effect for other patients who were due to undergo elective surgery today.

Hospital management, therefore, took a decision to postpone all non-urgent elective procedures in order to reduce pressure.

Procedures at St James' Hospital have also been postponed today and a number have been postponed at Beaumont Hospital tomorrow. 

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