TUH Appeal For Public To Avoid ED If Possible Amid Overcrowding

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Management at Tipperary University Hospital(TUH) in Clonmel has appealed to the public to avoid attending the Emergency Department if possible due to overcrowding.

Management ask that members of the public only attend in the case of a genuine emergency, advising that, where possible, a GP or Caredoc out of hours service be consulted in the first instance.

TUH Management say they need to keep ED services for the patients who need them most with high numbers presenting with a variety of complex needs.

However, if members of the public are seriously injured or ill or are worried that their life is at risk the ED will assess and treat such patients as a priority.

Staff and management are working to prioritise the discharge of patients as soon as possible where appropriate.

Nationally there are 612 admitted patients waiting for beds according to today’s INMO Trolley Watch.

14 patients were reporting on trolleys in TUH, 71 patients on trolleys in University Hospital Limerick and the highest number nationally was 82 people receiving care on a trolley while waiting for a bed in Cork University Hospital.