Wednesday, November 25, 2020

More than 1,300 people in Mayo have tested positive for Covid-19, according to the HSE.

As of November 13, 1,360 positive cases from the county were reported to the HSE, a meeting of the Regional Health Forum West heard.

Meanwhile, the Forum was also told that the new modular unit set to open at Mayo University Hospital will function as a Covid-19 assessment unit for the hospital’s emergency department.

Ann Cosgrove, Chief Operations Officer for the Saolta Hospital Group told the meeting that the unit will free up space within the hospital for day services but will not provide in-patient beds.

Independent councillor Michael Kilcoyne queried how patients will be moved from the modular unit to the main hospital building and was told they would have to be transported across the hospital courtyard.

“Down here in Mayo we have rain practically every day. Moving patients across from this unit to the hospital even if they are in a wheelchair really isn’t suitable. There should be some kind of connecting corridor,” said Cllr Kilcoyne. “I don’t think it’s acceptable that somebody could pick up pneumonia while being drenched to the skin going across the yard,” he added.

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