Public urged to only attend STGH emergency department in cases of genuine emergency.

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South Tipperary General Hospital.
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People are being asked to only attend the emergency department at South Tipperary General Hospital in cases of real emergency.

The appeal has been issued as the hospital struggles to deal with an increase in the number of people presenting at the department today.
According to today’s INMO Trolley Watch figures, 48 people are on trolleys in the emergency department or wards waiting to be assigned beds.

The Clonmel hospital has the third most over-crowded emergency department in the country today.

Nationally, 617 people are waiting to be assigned beds at hospitals today.
In a statement, management at South Tipperary General Hospital has asked people to go to their local GP or Caredoc out-of-hours service in the first instance, so that emergency department services are available for the people who need them the most.

However, if any members of the public are seriously ill or are worried that their life is at risk, they can be assured that the emergency department will assess and treat them as a priority.