Tipperary University Hospital’s (TippUH) Emergency Department (ED) in Clonmel is currently experiencing overcrowding due to increased presentations.
Management at the hospital is asking members of the public to only attend in the case of a genuine emergency, and advising that, where possible, a GP or Caredoc out of hours’ service be consulted in the first instance.
Management at TippUH are asking people to think about all other care and treatment options available such as Pharmacy advice or the Cashel Minor Injuries unit at Our Lady’s Hospital(062 70409 Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm) so that Emergency Department services are available promptly for the patients who need them most.However, if members of the public are seriously injured or ill, staff in the Emergency Department 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 to increase available bed capacity. The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation(INMO) reported 27 patients on trolleys at the hospital as of 8am this morning while University Hospital Limerick has 96 admitted patients receiving care on a trolley today. Nationally 509 admitted patients were on trolleys as of 8am this morning according to the INMO.