There were 80 patients with COVID-19 in the hospital at 8am today.
The Saolta Hospital Group issued a statement explaining that this is having a significant impact on bed capacity and as a result patients are currently experiencing significant delays.
This morning there were 30 patients waiting on trolleys for a bed to become available on a ward. The hospital acknowledges that these delays are very difficult for patients and their families and apologises for the inconvenience and distress caused.
The hospital said every effort is being made to discharge patients who are ready to go home so that beds become available for patients who need to be admitted, at the earliest opportunity.
MUH has postponed non-urgent inpatient and day case elective procedures due to a lack of bed capacity and is prioritising urgent, time sensitive cases. Patients are being contacted directly if their procedure is being postponed. The situation is being kept under review.
Outpatient appointments and ambulatory procedures are proceeding as usual and people should come to their appointments unless advised otherwise. However, anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19 or is a contact of someone with Covid-19 should not come to their appointment and should reschedule by contacting the number on their appointment letter.