Dublin's three children's hospitals are having to curtail services due to the Covid-19 crisis, and children due to be seen in out-patient clinics will have to undergo virtual or telephone consultations instead.
The decision has been made by Children's Health Ireland (CHI) overseeing the hospitals at Tallaght, Crumlin, Temple Street and the Paediatric Outpatients and Urgent Care Centre at Connolly Hospital, Blanchardstown.
CHI said that due to the rapid increase in the number of Covid-19 cases in the community and the need to reduce the number of people coming in, it will be prioritising emergency, urgent and time-sensitive procedures and care.
The paediatric emergency services at Tallaght, Crumlin and Temple Street will remain open 24 hours, seven days a week, and the Urgent Care Centre at Connolly will be open from Monday to Friday from 10am to 5pm.
Time-dependent and urgent procedures will continue to be carried out.
CHI said that "insofar as possible, most out-patient clinics will be moved to virtual or telephone clinics unless specified by the consultant that a face-to-face review is needed".
The hospitals will be in contact directly with parents or guardians to advise if their child's individual care arrangements have been postponed.
"If you have not been contacted by the hospital, it is safe to attend for treatment and care," CHI said a statement.
This decision will be re- viewed weekly, depending on the level of Covid-19 in the community.
"The decision to curtail some services is to ensure our hospitals remain safe for patients and families and to protect staff in order to manage hospital care in the coming weeks," a spokesperson said.
CHI at Crumlin has a dedicated phone line should parents or guardians have any queries. Call 01 409 6117.