Tuesday 12 December 2017

Demand easing at children's hospitals after appeal

Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children in Crumlin. Photo: PA
Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children in Crumlin. Photo: PA

Wayne O’Connor

THE pressure on children’s hospitals in Dublin struggling to cope with demand has eased overnight after an appeal to parents to attend family doctors or out of hours GP services.

A surge in the number of children presenting at emergency departments with respiratory illnesses meant staff were struggling to cope with an increase in admissions.

Conditions at the three children’s hospitals, including; Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin, the Children’s University Hospital, Temple Street and the National Children’s Hospital in Tallaght, are now operational but busy.

Parents are still being advised to avail of out of hours GP care if seeking treatment for their children.

A spokesperson for the Children’s Hospital Group said the situation at the hospitals has improved today.

“Over recent days the three children's hospitals experienced an unprecedented demand in Emergency Department attendances due to a high number of young children presenting with respiratory illnesses.

“The situation has calmed overnight and the three hospitals are operational but busy.

“The situation is being managed and monitored and is under constant review.”

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