Outpatient Appointments At UHK Postponed Until After Next Tuesday

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MANAGEMENT at University Hospital Kerry have made the decision to postpone scheduled Outpatient appointments at the hospital up to and including Tuesday, October 26.

They made the decision due to the increased demands on the hospital. The Emergency Department (ED) is exceptionally busy and has been coming under continuing pressure with high numbers presenting with a variety of complex needs in recent days and weeks.

“This situation will be continually monitored and reviewed on a daily basis,” reads a statement from hospital management.

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The below will go ahead as scheduled:

• Orthopaedic Trauma Clinics
• Infusion Clinics
• Outpatient Tests in Cardiology
• Radiology Out Patients
• Virtual Clinics

Other than the above listed clinics, University Hospital Kerry is requesting that patients do not attend scheduled appointments at the UHK Outpatient Department unless you receive a call from UHK staff.

Should any effected patients have an urgent query in relation to an OPD appointment, they can contact the relevant Consultant’s secretary.

“We are cognisant of the impact this measure will have on those who are due to have appointments over the coming days and this decision was taken following consultation with South/ South West Hospital Group and only after all alternative options were exhausted,” continues the statement.

“We wish to extend our apologies to the public for the inconvenience and distress this may cause. The Emergency Department remains open 24/7 , however, people presenting for non-urgent care should expect to experience long delays, therefore management at the hospital are asking members of the public to only attend in the case of a genuine emergency, advising that, where possible, a GP or Southdoc out of hours service be consulted in the first instance.”

“People are asked to consider alternative care and treatment options and keep our ED services for the patients who need them most. Non-essential referrals should be deferred and the alternatives above considered.”


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