The Emergency Department (ED) at Cork University Hospital is “exceptionally busy” and has been for the last number of days, according to hospital management.
CUH management revealed on Thursday morning that due to increased activity at the ED, patients may experience delays.
The hospital has asked patients where possible to attend their GP, SouthDoc and explore other options before attending the ED if their needs are not urgent.
Figures from the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) show that there were 45 patients awaiting a bed in the CUH ED this morning, the highest number of patients across Ireland.
A spokesperson for CUH said the ED is “exceptionally busy today and over the last number of days”.
“Due to this increased level of activity and subsequent admissions, it is regrettable that some patients may experience a delay in the ED.
“The increase in attendance is due to the large number of very ill medical patients requiring admission,” she added.
“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.
“Hospital management has requested that, where appropriate, the public contact their GP/South Doc in the first instance and explore all other options available to them prior to attending the Emergency Department if their needs are not urgent.
“Hospital Management wishes to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of all staff during this very busy time.”