'Surge' in attendances at emergency department in Cork hospital

'Surge' in attendances at emergency department in Cork hospital

Mercy University Hospital (MUH) is experiencing a surge in the volume of attendances at its Emergency Department, according to hospital management.

Mercy University Hospital (MUH) is experiencing a surge in the volume of attendances at its Emergency Department (ED), according to hospital management.
MUH management revealed this morning that due to increased activity at the ED, patients may experience delays.

Due to the surge in activity at the ED, the hospital is appealing to the members of the public needing less urgent treatment to avail, where possible, of other care services.

"The hospital has implemented its escalation policy to deal with the high number of attendees at the Emergency Department and while the ED remains open 24/7 it is regrettable that patients will experience delays.

"However, MUH would like to stress that the clinical needs of all patients in the Emergency Department are being cared for," a spokesperson for the hospital said. 

"Patients with less urgent complaints are advised to contact their GPs or South Doc, in the first instance, or avail of services at the Mercy Local Injury Unit, St Mary’s Health Campus.

"The public are reminded that South Doc is an option for those seeking medical attention outside of working hours, while the Mercy Local Injury Unit, St Mary’s Health Campus, Gurranabraher is open from 8am to 6pm, the Local Injury Unit at Bantry General Hospital operates between 8am and 7:30pm and the Local Injury Unit in Mallow General Hospital is open from 8am to 8pm," they continued. 

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