Tipperary hospital overcrowded for third day

Anne O'Grady

Reporter:

Anne O'Grady

STGH is experiencing severe overcrowding

Attend only in case of genuine emergency

South Tipperary General Hospital's Emergency Department is again experiencing overcrowding today and management at the hospital are asking members of the public to only attend in the case of a genuine emergency.

They are advising that, where possible, a GP or Caredoc out of hours service should 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 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".