June Bank Holiday Message from Naas General Hospital and Dublin South, Kildare & West Wicklow Community Healthcare
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
The HSE is encouraging the public to consider all care options before attending Emergency Departments over the June Bank Holiday weekend to save ED capacity for patients in need of urgent and emergency care.
This year, hospitals have reported record numbers of patients presenting at Emergency Departments for care and treatment. There has also been an 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 received treatment at other healthcare services such as Injury Units, GP and GP out of Hour services and pharmacies without impacting ED capacity or wait times.
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
KDOC operates an appointment only service for urgent medical needs. The out of hours centres are located in Naas and Celbridge. Opening hours are Monday to Friday – 17:30 – 8:00am and Weekends & Bank Holidays –open 24 hours a day. Call: 045 848 701 to book an appointment or go to www.kdoc.ie for more information.