A second emergency department has now been opened at Mayo University Hospital, so that patients presenting with symptoms of Covid-19 are seen separately from other patients.

This is one of a number of measures taken at the Castlebar Hospital to prepare for the expected surge in Covid-19 patients.

There are now designated wards within the hospital for Covid-19 patients and non-Covid patients, and a new Intensive Care Unit is being set up to treat non-Covid patients who require critical care, while the existing ICU will be for patients with the virus who require critical care.

General Manager of Mayo University Hospital Catherine Donoghue says we're still in the early stages of the coronavirus outbreak, and the hospital is not currently under pressure in relation to the demand for beds for Covid-19 patients.

However, she says a number of measures have been taken to prepare for the expected surge over the coming weeks....

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