People urged to attend Tipperary Hospital's emergency department only in event of genuine emergency

Anne O'Grady

Reporter:

Anne O'Grady

South Tipperary General Hospital

The emergency department is coming under continuing pressure

The Emergency Department (ED) at South Tipperary General Hospital (STGH) is currently experiencing overcrowding and 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.

The Hospital says "we are asking people to think about all their care and treatment options and keep our ED services for the patients who need them most".

"The Emergency department has been coming under continuing pressure with high numbers presenting with a variety of complex needs . However, if members of the public are seriously injured or ill or are worried that your life is at risk the ED will assess and treat you as a priority".

The Hospital says staff and management are working to prioritise the discharge of patients as soon as possible where appropriate.

"The management at STGH apologies for any inconvenience caused".