UHK Experiencing High Volume Of Patients Presenting At Emergency Department

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UNIVERSITY Hospital Kerry is experiencing an exceptionally high volume of presentations, both adults and children, to its Emergency Department today, as it has been over the past number of days.

A statement has been issued from hospital management saying there is intense pressure on capacity within the Emergency Department itself and on Inpatient bed capacity, for those children and adults who require admission.

The bed capacity situation is further challenged presently at the hospital, by an outbreak of Influenza A, on one ward.

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“Increased Infection Control measures are in place and the situation is being monitored on a daily basis, to ensure all patients receive the highest standards of care,” reads the statement.

“Our absolute focus and priority is to ensure patient safety in the Department and throughout the hospital – In that context, University Hospital Kerry is kindly appealing to the public to only attend the Emergency Department in the event of an emergency.”

“Hospital Management have also requested that, where appropriate, the public contact their local Pharmacy / GP/South Doc in the first instance and explore all other options available to them prior to presenting to the Emergency Department.”

“Where you do require to present with an emergency, please anticipate lengthy delays. Hospital visiting is restricted to 3 visits per patient per week and those on compassionate grounds only.”

“UHK would like to extend a very sincere thank you in anticipation of the public’s co-operation with these arrangements,” the statement ends.

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