Sunday 24 September 2017

Dublin children's hospitals issue 'bed demand' warning to parents

Temple Street Children's Hospital
Temple Street Children's Hospital
Eilish O'Regan

Eilish O'Regan

The three children’s hospitals in Dublin have issued an appeal to parents following a surge in youngsters having to be admitted with respiratory infections.

Parents are being asked to go to their GP or Out of Hours GP service and to limit attendances to the hospitals’ emergency departments over the weekend.

The appeal was issued by Temple St, Crumlin Children's Hospital and the children’s hospital in Tallaght.

A spokeswoman for the children’s hospital group said the hospitals are “experiencing unprecedented demands for admissions to inpatient beds this week.

“Of particular note is an increase in patients presenting with respiratory infections particularly in younger children and babies.”

She added:”The hospitals wish to apologise to any patients who may have an increased wait to be admitted and are making every effort to improve the situation.

 “The children’s hospital group is working closely with the clinical directors and hospital management in the three hospitals to ensure that every effort is made to manage this situation.”

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