A number of outpatient services have relocated from their usual settings to Cork’s Dental School and Hospital.
The College of Medicine and Health at University College Cork has announced that the Dental School and Hospital has been reorganised in order to free up space for the HSE to relocate a number of outpatient services there during the COVID-19 crisis.
As part of this process, the Dental School and Hospital has amalgamated its clinics to one clinical area to run an emergency service for dental patients.
This clinic operates Monday to Friday from 9am to 1pm, with all patients triaged over the phone and appointments issued where necessary.
In some cases, clinicians are using telemedicine over a secure platform to carry out video consultations with patients to identify and advise on treatment options.
Dr Christine McCreary Dean, University Dental School and Hospital, Cork explained: "Given the current COVID-19 crisis we felt it was imperative to assist the HSE and reorganise our services at the Dental School and Hospital and combine our clinics to one clinical area thereby running an emergency service for dental patients during the COVID-19 crisis.’’
A number of outpatients clinics are already up and running at the facility including the dressing clinic, the warfarin clinic, general surgery, podiatry, phlebotomy, rheumatology, neurology, neurosurgery, plastics, urology, infectious diseases, Diabetes and ENT clinics.