Cork University Hospital management has warned the public that it is “exceptionally busy” today and urged them, where possible, to only attend in emergency cases.
People have been urged instead to attend their GP or other services where possible.
A spokesperson for CUH said on Monday afternoon:
“CUH remains 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.
“The hospital ED remains open and any member of the public who is seriously injured will be assessed in the ED and managed appropriately.”
Hospital management has requested that, where appropriate, the public contact their GP or SouthDoc 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 said it wishes to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of all staff during this very busy time.
Management at CUH also apologised for any inconvenience caused.