Monday, October 03, 2022

The public has been urged to consider all available care options before attending the emergency department at St Luke’s Hospital in Kilkenny.

In a statement, the hospital says its emergency department is “extremely busy with high numbers of patients attending, many of are presenting with Covid-19 and complex needs requiring admission”.

A number of wards have also had Covid-19 outbreaks and visiting restrictions are in place for Surgical 1, Surgical Medical Unit and the Suir Ward. Infection control measures continue throughout the hospital and all visitors are requested to wear a surgical mask and perform hand hygiene when visiting a relative.

“Some patients may experience very long wait times in the AMAU/ Emergency Department, however, as always staff will prioritise the sickest patients and most urgent cases for treatment and care.

“The HSE is urging members of the public to consider all available care options before attending the AMAU/ Emergency Department. There are a range of care pathways available to patients who do not need emergency care including pharmacists, GP, and CareDoc Out of Hours Services

“Within the AMAU & Emergency Departments patients will be prioritised based on their clinical complexity priority.  We therefore urge all patients where appropriate to consult with their GP prior to attending an Emergency Department. In an emergency situation, Emergency Departments continue to deal with all medical emergencies.”

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