Complete visiting ban in place at South Tipperary Hospital

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A complete visiting ban is in place at South Tipperary General Hospital.
The decision has been made because of an increased number of patients presenting with influenza.
Visiting to all wards is prohibited apart from in exceptional circumstances, which includes critical care patients.
Visiting is restricted to partners or designated persons only at maternity or gynaecology wards.
Parents or guardians will only be allowed to visit the children’s ward while no children will be allowed to visit the hospital.

Hospital management is advising people to use mobile phone contact instead of visiting.
Cancer services, emergency services and outpatient services will continue as normal, and the situation is being kept under review.
Patients coming to Outpatients Services are requested to bring their appointment letter with them.
The closure comes ‘flu cases are said to have increased substantially since the start of the New Year.  The HSE has renewed its appeal for people in ‘at-risk’ groups to get vaccinated against the ‘flu.