Mayo University Hospital is appealing to the public not to visit the hospital if they have any signs of Covid-19 or Flu.
Due to the increasing numbers of COVID-19 attendances at the hospital, the public is asked to limit visiting and remain vigilant while on site.
Visitors will be required to wear a high quality surgical mask and use the hand gel regularly during their visit to the hospital.
Anyone planning to visit the hospital is asked not to visit if they have any symptoms of COVID-19 or Influenza or have been in contact with anyone with COVID-19 or are awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test.
Covid-19 is continuing to impact significantly on MUH with a steady rise in admissions. This is also placing significant pressure on the Emergency Department and leading to lengthy patient waiting times for admission to hospital.
As a result MUH is appealing to the public to consider all care options before attending the Emergency Department, saving its use for those patients who need urgent and emergency care.
The hospital is asking the public to contact their GP during normal surgery hours or the Westdoc GP Out of Hours service in the first instance if their health problem is not urgent.
For minor injuries, the Injury Unit in Roscommon University Hospital is open from 8am to 8pm every day to treat a range of injuries in both adults and children over five years of age.
The pressure on bed availability has also resulted in a number of elective procedures being postponed and patients are being contacted directly if their procedure is being postponed. Outpatient, ambulatory and scope appointments are proceeding as usual and people should come to their appointments unless advised otherwise. The hospital acknowledges that delays in the Emergency Department and postponing procedures are very difficult for patients and their families and would like to apologise for the inconvenience and distress these delays cause.
Meanwhile, due to the increasing numbers of COVID-19 and Influenza outbreaks in the hospital, visiting to Galway University Hospitals will be further restricted from today.
University Hospital Galway (UHG) is currently dealing with a flu outbreak impacting two wards with COVID-19 outbreaks on two further wards. Visiting to the affected wards is limited to compassionate grounds only and these visits should be arranged in advance with the nurse manager on the ward.
Visiting to all other wards in both University Hospital Galway and Merlin Park University Hospital is restricted to one visit daily from 6pm to 7pm unless on compassionate grounds.
Visitor access is limited to one family member / nominated person per patient per day and all visits must be pre-arranged. To arrange a visit contact the relevant ward or unit in advance. Visitors are requested to keep the time they spend in the hospital as short as possible. Children should not visit the hospital at this time unless agreed in advance, on compassionate grounds, with the ward manager.