Monday, December 05, 2022

 

By Suzanne Pender

ST LUKE’S General Hospital’s emergency department has issued a statement indicating that the hospital is ‘‘extremely busy’’ with high numbers of patients attending, many presenting with Covid-19 and complex needs requiring admission.

The statement reveals that, similar to many emergency departments across the country, some patients at St Luke’s Hospital may experience very long wait times in the AMAU/emergency department. However, they state that ‘‘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 and 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, emergency departments continue to deal with all medical emergencies,” read the statement. “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.”

St Luke’s Hospital confirmed that, currently, there are a number of wards with Covid-19 outbreaks and visiting is restricted in Surgical 1, SMU and the Suir ward (Ormond wing) until further notice.

The statement concluded that “hospital management would like to thank the public for their support and understanding during this period.”

 

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