Very few children have been impacted by Covid-19, according to a Consultant Paediatrician at Mayo University Hospital.

Professor Michael O'Neill says the impact of the virus on children has been limited over the last number of months, and they've seen very few affected children at the Castlebar hospital.

Professor O'Neill made his comments in a statement to Midwest News, announcing that the team at Mayo University Hospital have resumed the Paediatric Clinics, and have put a number of new measures in place to ensure the clinics can be run safely during the pandemic.

A system is now in place that allows GPs to contact the Paediatric Unit for an hour in the mornings, to discuss their patients directly with the consultant and decide whether or not a child needs to be referred to hospital and to plan for any tests or x-rays a child might need.

The Paediatric team have also developed a virtual clinic where they contact parents by video-conferencing the discuss their child's care, so parents and children do not have to attend the hospital if it's not considered clinically necessary.

While face-to-face clinics have resumed, the number of children being seen is being managed, and as the paediatric outpatient area opens onto a parking area, children can remain in the car with their parents until it's their time to be seen.



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