Tipperary patients advised all hospital outpatient appointments at UHL Group have resumed

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Tipperary patients advised all hospital appointments at UHL Group have resumed

Nenagh Hospital

All outpatient appointments at University Hospital Group are going ahead as planned form today, Monday, March 5.

Nenagh Hospital is part of the group, and its Local Injury Clinic is open from 8am to 8pm.

Urgent electives and day case surgery will go ahead, but some curtailment of non-urgent elective procedures will be necessary over the coming days. All patients affected have been contacted and their appointments will be rescheduled, the group said in a statement.

However, they cautioned that patients should only attend their appointments if it is safe for them to travel. For those unable to travel, they are asked to contact the number on their appointment letter to inform the hospital.

Appointments which were cancelled last Thursday and Friday are in the process of being rescheduled and patients will receive new appointment letters in the coming week.

The group's hospitals were en busy over the weekend, particularly the ED in UHL, and that is expected that to continue over the coming days.

"We expect to see an increase in emergency department attendances and this is likely to result in delayed admissions and resultant increase in waiting times in our ED.  We ask for our patients and their families understanding as we still face challenges over the coming week," they said. 

The public are urged to consider all their care options at this time and not to attend the Emergency Department unless necessary.

Injury Units are open in Ennis and Nenagh Hospitals from 8am to 8pm, Monday to Sunday and 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday at St. John's Hospital.

Injury Units can treat broken bones, dislocations, sprains, strains, wounds, scalds and minor burns.  Others with a less serious illness can be treated by their GP or out of hours GP service where their GP can refer them to an Assessment Unit the following day if required.

However, if you are seriously injured or ill or are worried your life is at risk the ED will assess and treat you as a priority.

Meanwhile, ULH thanked staff who went over and above to continue to deliver patient care during Storm Emma. 

"We would also like to acknowledge the support of National Ambulance Service, the Defence Forces, the Gardaí and Civil Defence and all voluntary organisations in assisting with emergency transportation of patients and staff," they said.

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