The Mercy University Hospital is appealing to those with minor medical issues to seek alternative care after a surge in patients at its Emergency Department.
In the last 24 hours there has been a noticeable surge in the volume of attendances at the hospital’s Emergency Department leading to delays, a hospital spokesperson said.
However, they stressed that the clinical needs of all patients in the Emergency Department are being cared for.
It has been forced to implement an escalation policy to deal with the high number of attendees at the Emergency Department.
While the ED remains open 24/7, patients are now being told to expect delays.
Patients with less urgent complaints are being advised to contact their GPs or South Doc or avail of services at the Mercy Local Injury Unit, St Mary’s Health Campus, Gurranabraher.
The hospital is reminding the public 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.