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Thursday, December 2, 2021

Cork University Hospital urges public to avoid A&E if possible

Cork University Hospital has urged the public to avoid A&E if possible as it has been “exceptionally busy” over the past few weeks due to a large number of very ill medical patients requiring admission.

A statement from the hospital said that the increased level of activity and subsequent admissions means some patients will experience a delay in the Emergency Department.

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The hospital management has urged the public to consider alternative options such as contacting their GP/South Doc in the first instance and exploring other options outside of the Emergency Department if their needs are not urgent.

“Patient care is paramount in CUH and this situation is being treated as a priority by Hospital Management who have taken steps to address this issue.”

This comes as hospitals across the country struggle with staff shortages with over 3,500 healthcare staff absent due to Covid-19-related illnesses.

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Hospitals have now become so overrun and understaffed that certain wards have been required to close down with unions stating that hospital staff have reached a breaking point.

IMAGE – “Two nurses transporting a bed down a hospital corridor” is licensed under CC BY 4.0

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