Appeal to patients to bring appointment letters
Services at Ennis Hospital will continue as normal during the Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2017 and UL Hospitals Group is reminding patients to bring their appointment letters if attending Ennis Hospital during the festival.
A comprehensive traffic plan has been put in place to facilitate the Fleadh, which takes place in Ennis from August 13th to 21st. As part of that plan, access to and from the hospital will be unaffected. But because of the scale of the event, patients, visitors and staff may experience delays travelling to and from the hospital.
Members of An Garda Siochana and security staff will be managing traffic flows in the town and Ennis Hospital is appealing to patients attending the Outpatients Department, Injuries Unit, Medical Assessment Unit, Endoscopy Suite and Surgical Day Ward over the duration of the Fleadh to please bring their letters with them. Hospital staff are also urged to have their ID and car sticker with them to prevent any delays.
Security staff at the hospital gate will allow patients, visitors, delivery drivers and staff, access or park at the site in the usual manner. We are appealing to patrons of the Fleadh to respect the hospital and the people it serves by not attempting to park in the grounds.
UL Hospitals Group has also urged visitors – other than carers or direct relatives of patients – to limit their visits to the hospital over the duration of the Fleadh.
“Ennis Hospital services will function as usual over the course of the Fleadh but we are asking patients, visitors and staff to allow for more time getting to and from the hospital. We also appeal to them to bring some form of documentation, a referral letter or appointment card, or ID to help ease their way through the traffic checks around the town,” said Patricia O’Gorman, Operational Director of Nursing, Ennis Hospital.
Ennis Hospital Injuries Unit is open from 8am to 8pm, 7 days per week treating minor injuries in patients over the age of 5 years. The unit is staffed by an emergency care physician and two nurses and an extra ANP (advanced nurse practitioner) will also be on duty for the duration of the Fleadh.
Last year’s Fleadh saw no significant increase in attendances at the Injury Unit, with attendances during the week commencing Monday, August 15th, 2016 at 231 patients in comparison to 213 attendances for the corresponding week in 2015.
“A comprehensive medical plan has been put in place by the event organisers with the full support of the HSE and all of us here at Ennis Hospital. We are putting in additional ANP resources in the Injury Unit over the course of the Fleadh as a precaution and we will monitor activity and take action as required. However, we are not anticipating a huge increase in demand. Patients, staff and their families all took part in last year’s Fleadh, including some performances in the hospital itself, and we are all hugely excited to be part of another successful event for Clare again this year,” said Ms O’Gorman.
Members of Stockton’s Wing with patients and staff on the Fergus Ward at last years Fleadh
Last updated on: 04 / 08 / 2017