Sunday 16 December 2018

Temple Street issues warning as 18 children left on trolleys

(Stock photo)
(Stock photo)

Eilish O’Regan

Some 18 children were on hospital trolleys waiting for a bed today as doctors treated a spike in winter-related illness.

The worst hit was in Temple St Hospital where fourteen children had to lie on trolleys.

A spokeswoman for Temple St said its emergency department is especially busy.

She said: "Given the time of year, the ED is also seeing an increase in patients, particularly very young children (under five years of age) and babies, with gastrointestinal and respiratory infections.

“In this regard Temple Street is asking parents to think about all their care and treatment options including their local family GP and GP out of hours service before attending the emergency department.”

However, she stressed that if a child is seriously ill or injured or a parent is worried that their life may be at risk, they should attend the hospital and “we will assess and treat your child as a priority.”

She said: "In the meantime Temple Street wishes to apologise to any families who may have an increased wait for their child to be admitted and to families whose children may have to have their scheduled surgery postponed at short notice. The hospital is making every effort to improve the situation.”

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