South Tipperary General Hospital is experiencing significant overcrowding
The Emergency Department (ED) at South Tipperary General Hospital (STGH) is currently experiencing significant overcrowding.
Presentations to the ED have increased, with these patients having a variety of complex needs.
589 admitted patients are waiting for beds across Ireland this Thursday morning, according to INMO Trolley Watch figures, with 41 of those at STGH.
Management at the hospital is asking members of the public to only attend in the case of a genuine emergency, advising that, where possible, a GP or Caredoc out of hours service be consulted in the first instance. "We are asking people to think about all their care and treatment options and keep our ED services for the patients who need them most," a statement reads.
"However, if members of the public are seriously injured or ill or are worried that your life is at risk, the ED will assess and treat you as a priority. Staff and management are working to prioritise the discharge of patients as soon as possible where appropriate.
"The management at STGH apologies for any inconvenience caused, but be assured that all clinical staff are working to improve patient flow within the hospital."