HSE officials are said to be considering the expansion of services provided at Ennis Hospital.
A Clare TD has warned that “a calamity” is on the cards with just 23 critical care beds provided at University Hospital Limerick since the onset of COVID-19.
All elective surgeries scheduled to take place at University Hospital Limerick (UHL) have been cancelled for the remainder of the week as the hospital deals with “significant capacity challenges”.
Elected representatives have stressed that levels of overcrowding cannot be let return to the Mid-West.
Day surgeries have resumed at Ennis General Hospital.
Confirmed cases of COVID-19 can be re-tested for the virus if symptoms of the virus still persist following their self-isolation period of two weeks.
University Hospital Limerick is experiencing a “very busy” emergency department today (Wednesday) with staff appealing to the public to consider all care options before travelling to the Dooradoyle facility.
High volumes of patients including many frail elderly personnel have been attending the ED in recent days. In the 24-hour period up to 8am on July 15th, a total of 215 patients attended the Emergency Department. There were 232 attendances in the previous 24-hour period. The average number of daily attendances during 2019 was 195.
At 8am this morning there were 35 admitted patients in the ED waiting for a bed. In addition there were a further 23 patients in two assessment units waiting for admission. The majority of these patients are in single rooms or assessment bays. A total of 8 of these patients were on trolleys on corridors between these three locations, a spokesperson told The Clare Echo “every effort is made” to maintain physical distancing.
Injury units in Ennis and Nenagh are open from 8am to 8pm, and St John’s is open from 8am to 7pm. Injury Units are for the treatment of broken bones, dislocations, sprains strains, wounds, scalds and minor burns. Members of the public with a less serious illness can contact their GP or out of hours GP service.
Patients with symptoms of COVID-19 must contact their GP by phone in the first instance and not present in person at the GP surgery or the ED.
“We regret that any patient faces a long wait time for a bed and clinicians are currently undertaking additional ward rounds to identify patients suitable for discharge or transfer. Measures being taken to relieve pressure on the ED and as part of our escalation policy also include the transfer of appropriate patients to community care settings and maximising access to homecare packages and transition care; working closely with Community Intervention Teams to provide antibiotics and other appropriate care in a patient’s home or care facility and communication with GPs to ensure patients are referred to ED only where appropriate,” a spokesperson for UL Hospitals Group outlined.
CONSULTANT Physician at Ennis Hospital Tom Peirce says that “we were very fortunate at Ennis Hospital” in the overall context of the Covid-19 pandemic.
25 new cases of COVID-19 and one further death in the Republic of Ireland have been recorded while for the fourth day in succession no additional diagnoses have been made for residents of Co Clare.
COVID-19 may pave the way for increased use of Ennis General Hospital, the Minister for Health has hinted.