Long delays expected today

Long delays for patients attending South Tipp emergency department

Anne O'Grady

Reporter:

Anne O'Grady

Long delays for patients attending South Tipp emergency department

The Emergency Department (ED) at South Tipperary General Hospital (STGH) is currently experiencing severe overcrowding. In the previous 24 hours the hospital has seen an increase in presentations,  with 118 presentations to the Emergency services at the hospital . Management at the hospital is asking members of the public to only attend in the case of a genuine emergency, advising that, where possible, a GP or Caredoc out of hours service be consulted in the first instance.

Management says that unfortunately there will be long delays for patients attending the ED as the hospital is currently experiencing a surge in patients and long delays are expected today due to the exceptional numbers of very ill people in the department .

 STGH says it wishes to reassure people, that while the hospital is extremely busy at present, patients are being seen and cared for appropriately.

The management at STGH have apologised for any inconvenience caused.