Hospital management at the South/ South West Hospital Group (S/SWHG) have moved to reassure people that they are open to those who are unwell or who need treatment.
The Hospital Group is encouraging people who feel unwell to contact their GP or go to the Emergency Department if they require urgent treatment and has stressed it has separate pathways in place for COVID-19 patients and those needing other care.
“People should be aware that our hospitals remain open for people who are unwell and need treatment. The emergency departments across the S/SWHG have a number of measures in place, patients presenting will be placed on the COVID pathway or the non-COVID pathway. So people should be assured and know that they will receive the care and treatment they need,” said Gerry O’Dwyer, CEO of the group.
Management and staff at the group have meanwhile also renewed their appeal to the public to continue to follow the Government’s COVID-19 guidelines to ensure that they do not contribute to the spread of the coronavirus.
The S/SWHG are urging members of the public not to make any unnecessary journeys outside 5km of their homes.
“This bank holiday weekend, we are urging members of the public to continue to abide by the guidelines regarding COVID-19 and in particular the social distancing and travel guidelines,” said Mr O’Dwyer.
“Across the S/SWHG, hospital staff are working tirelessly to fight this virus to provide safe, high-quality care to patients. The S/SWHG is very proud of our dedicated staff and how they have responded to this challenge. The perseverance which staff across the group have shown and their on-going commitment to providing the best possible care is greatly appreciated. Not adhering to the national guidelines will inevitably place extra pressure on the hospital system, which unfortunately could seriously impact you, your family, your neighbours or your friends,” he added.