Mayo University Hospital is extremely busy today and patients are waiting long periods of time to be admitted from the Emergency Department.
The Hospital says they know this is very difficult for patients and their families and we apologise for the distress and inconvenience these delays cause.
In a statement to Midwest News this morning they say they will continue to use beds in St John’s the acute ward in the Sacred Heart Hospital to accommodate some patients.
Mayo University Hospital say they want to assure patients that they are working hard to ensure that patients who are appropriate for discharge are identified and discharged home or to another health facility. They are continuing to get support from the community to support the more complex discharges.
If patients are seriously injured or ill they can be assured that ED staff will assess and treat them as a priority.
Mayo University Hospital would like to remind the public that we encourage them to attend the Emergency Department only in the case of real emergencies and they should contact their GP or GP Out-of-Hours service in the first instance.