Mayo University Hospital has again asked that non urgent patients attend the minor injuries unit at Roscommon University Hospital or their local GP, due to its emergency department being extremely busy. It is the second time this month MUH has asked its patients to attend Roscommon.
MUH has previously said upgrade works on a number of wards was having a temporary impact on bed availability.
In a statement today, the hospital apologised for the inconvenience and distress.
“We know this is very difficult for patients and their families and we apologise for the distress and inconvenience these delays cause. We will continue to use beds in St John’s, our acute ward in the Sacred Heart Hospital, to accommodate some patients.
“We want to assure patients that we are working hard to ensure that patients who are appropriate for discharge are identified and discharged home or to another health facility. We are continuing to get support from the community to support the more complex discharges.
“If patients are seriously injured or ill they can be assured that ED staff will assess and treat them as a priority.
“We would like to remind the public that we encourage them to attend the Emergency Department only in the case of real emergencies and they should contact their GP or GP Out-of-Hours service in the first instance. We are also asking that patients wait in the ED alone as we need to ensure social distancing.
“The Injury Unit in Roscommon University Hospital is open from 8am to 8pm seven days a week and is available to treat a wide range of injuries in adults and children over five years and is an alternative to visiting a busy Emergency Department.”