Appeal to public to only attend South Tipperary General Hospital in the case of a genuine emergency.

Anne O'Grady

Reporter:

Anne O'Grady

STGH

Overcrowding at the Hospital has led to the call

For the second day in a row South Tipperary General Hospital is again asking members of the public to only attend the Emergency Department in the case of a genuine emergency.

Citing overcrowding as the reason STGH Management at the hospital is advising that, where possible, a GP or Caredoc out of hours service be consulted in the first instance. "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 Hospital says 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".

"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".