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Surgeries to be cancelled as hospitals urged to prioritise Covid-19 care for next two weeks

Health Service Executive (HSE) chief Paul Reid issued a call to arms yesterday in a letter to hospital managers, urging them to prioritise Covid-19 care.

This would result in the cancellation of hundreds of surgeries among waiting list patients.

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As well as Covid-19 care, Reid also urged hospitals to prioritise urgent time-sensitive non-Covid patients.

He added that they should maximise all available capacity inside and outside hospital and report on the additional surge in ICU beds which can be created over the next seven to ten days.

Reid stated, “This may necessitate curtailing all other activity to facilitate the redeployment of staff to critical care areas.”

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He added that intensive care doctors told him that they were already facing increasing difficulties in meeting the needs of patients who required specialist high-dependency care.

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

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