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Midlands hospitals issue plea to only attend emergency services if ‘absolutely essential’

Portlaoise Hospital

The HSE have issued a plea to people to only present to the Emergency Departments in Portlaoise and Tullamore hospitals if ‘absolutely essential’

“Midland Regional Hospitals at Tullamore and Portlaoise are experiencing a very busy period with an increased number of people attending the emergency departments,” said a statement issued by the HSE.

“The Hospitals are reminding members of the public to consider their care options before presenting to the Emergency Department (ED).

“We advise that the public only attend our emergency services if absolutely essential.

“If you are unwell, please go to your GP or pharmacy in the first instance.

“It is essential that we protect our emergency services for those who require emergency care.

“Do not delay in seeking medical attention if you suspect you are having a heart attack or stroke,  please dial 999 or 112 in an emergency.

“Please follow the latest public health guidance announced by Government to help us protect and maintain essential services in these challenging times.

“If you have to attend the ED in emergency situation please;

  • ensure you wear a mask,
  • practice social distancing and
  • ensure you tell the triage personnel if you have any signs/symptoms of Covid.”

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