Saturday 24 August 2019

Hospital appeals to public not to visit Emergency Department unless in need of urgent care

Mercy University Hospital in Cork
Mercy University Hospital in Cork
Catherine Devine

Catherine Devine

Mercy University Hospital in Cork has made an appeal to the public not to visit the Emergency Department, unless they are need of urgent care.

The hospital said they are experiencing "a high level of illness in the community" and has experienced a "surge" of patients.

In a statement the hospital said: "Due to the surge in activity at the ED the hospital has appealed to the members of the public needing less urgent treatment to avail, where possible, of other care services."

Patients are urged to visit their GP or South Doc or avail of other nearby hospitals.

The situation is being treated as a priority by Hospital Management who have taken steps to address the issue.

Meanwhile, visitor restrictions are currently in place at the Rehabilitation units at St. Finbarr's Hospital Cork due to a recent outbreak of the winter vomiting bug and the flu.

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