Unprecedented demand for  SouthDoc service; it's going from 'crisis to crisis'

Unprecedented demand for  SouthDoc service; it's going from 'crisis to crisis'
SouthDoc is going from crisis to crisisPicture: Eddie O'Hare

THE out-of-hours GP service in Cork was dealing with “unprecedented demand” for the past two days, it has been revealed.

A text message was sent to GPs in Cork at around 1.20pm today, informing them that due to “unprecedented demand” on the service, SouthDoc was seeking additional support in both the Southside and Blackpool clinics.

Cork GPs received a similar text on Sunday evening, seeking support for the Kinsale Road and Blackpool clinics.

Today’s appeal is the third time in a matter of weeks that urgent cover has been sought for SouthDoc.

GPs in Cork city also received a text message from SouthDoc towards the end of last month seeking “urgent cover” for the Kinsale Road base.

The text went out shortly before 5.50pm with the SouthDoc shift scheduled to start at 6pm.

A second text declaring “URGENT” was sent to GPs at 6.16pm, indicating that cover was still required at the Kinsale Road base.

Cork GP Dr Nick Flynn said the service is stumbling from ‘crisis to crisis.’

“The recurrent distressed requests for additional cover in city SouthDoc cells has to call into question the management’s ability to safely run the service,” he added.

Speaking after the urgent request last month, Dr Flynn said the ‘recurring problems’ with SouthDoc must be addressed.

“Things are bad right across the healthcare system at the moment but I would have questions about the SouthDoc management’s ability to operate the service,” he said.

“There are recurring problems in SouthDoc both in the county and city and you have to ask what are management doing to address these.

“The service is just going from crisis to crisis at the moment,” he added.

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