Increase Levels Of COVID Leads To TUH Visiting Restrictions

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Increasing levels of Covid 19 means Visiting restrictions have been put in place at Tipperary University Hospital in Clonmel  for the next 7 days.

Due to an increase in Covid-19 outbreaks in TUH in Clonmel visitors will no longer be allowed to visit Medical 1, Surgical B and Gynae Wards in Clonmel.

Patients in other wards where visiting is allowed will only have 1 visitor a day and they must complete a COVID-19 Risk Assessment form before visiting.

The existing rules remain in the Maternity Department and Special Care Baby Unit.  All visiting arrangements will be reviewed weekly and some exceptions will be facilitated.

The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation is calling for additional public health measures due to the impact rising COVID cases are having on hospitals. 

The union says the rate of increase in hospitals is extremely worrying. From the 29th of May 2022 to 4th July 2022, COVID hospitalisations have increased from 198 to 885, a 347% increase. These are patients hospitalised with or because of COVID.

Additional measures sought by the union include the reintroduction of immediate COVID screening upon arrival of patients to EDs, stronger advice around mask wearing, a second booster for healthcare workers and improved ventilation in healthcare settings.

The union also note that combined with overcrowding in many hospitals the care environment is unsafe for staff and patients.

460 admitted patients are waiting for beds according to today’s INMO Trolley Watch.

UHLimerick reports 41 patients on trolleys and 31 accommodated in some ward while Tipperary University Hospital reports 10 patients receiving care on trolleys.