June Bank Holiday Message from Midland Regional Hospital Portlaoise, Midland Regional Hospital Tullamore and Midlands Louth Meath Community Health Organisation
HSE encouraging the public to look at all options available before attending emergency departments (ED) to keep the ED available for those who most urgently need ED care
As the June bank holiday approaches the HSE is encouraging the public to consider all care options before attending Emergency Departments as we need to protect our EDs for those patients who need urgent and emergency care.
This year, hospitals have reported record numbers of patients presenting at Emergency Departments for care and treatment, including a sharp increase in the number of patients who are seen and treated in the ED and then discharged without requiring admission to hospital. Many of these patients could have been treated at other healthcare services such as Injury Units, GP and GP out of Hour services and pharmacies.
As always Emergency Departments will continue to see and treat patients who require urgent and emergency treatment first.
Patients who attend EDs for routine and non -urgent treatment are being advised that they will experience very long waiting times over the coming weekend and into early next week.
The HSE regrets this delay and is asking all to help our staff through a challenging time for our services by:
- Considering all healthcare options before attending ED including Injury Units, GP services and pharmacies
- Dialling 999 or 112 for emergency care if there is concern for serious illness or injury
- Continuing to wear face masks and maintaining good hand hygiene practices when attending hospitals
- Abiding by all infection control measures including visiting restrictions in hospitals and hospitals wards
As always if you or someone else is seriously ill or needs urgent emergency care do not delay going to ED or dialling 999/112 for help.
Out of Hours Urgent GP Services
MIDOC is an appointment only GP service located in the Laois, Longford, Offaly and Westmeath Areas. This service is for patients who need urgent medical attention that cannot wait to be seen by their usual GP. Opening Hours: Monday to Friday: 6pm-8am and Saturday/Sunday/Bank Hols: 24 Hours. Telephone: 1800 302 702 or go to www.midoc.ie for more information.