Cork University Hospital (CUH) have issued a statement outlining some issues arising from an increased period of activity in recent weeks.
In the statement they say: 'CUH has been exceptionally busy in recent weeks. Due to this increased level of activity and subsequent admissions, it is regrettable that some patients may experience a delay in the ED [emergency department].
'The increase in attendance is due to the large number of very ill medical patients requiring admission. 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 statement continues with a request for the public to contact their GP first where appropriate.
'Hospital management have requested that, where appropriate, the public contact their GP in the first instance and explore all other options available to them prior to attending the emergency department if their needs are not urgent'.
Suggestions as to where to go for treatment in lieu of attending CUH are also listed in the statement and are as follows:
- General Practitioner / South Doc
- Mercy Urgent Care Centre, St. Mary’s Health Campus, Gurranabraher, Cork. Telephone 021-4926900
- Local Injuries Unit Bantry General Hospital. Telephone 027 50133
- Local Injuries Unit, Mallow: General Hospital. Telephone 022 – 58506.