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26 May 2022

Covid outbreaks at Sligo Hospital see visiting restrictions imposed

Covid-19 outbreaks on a number of wards

Covid outbreaks at Sligo Hospital see visiting restrictions imposed

The new assessment area at the extended SUH emergency department

The law on the wearing of masks may have changed from today, but due to outbreaks of Covid-19 at Sligo University hospital along with a high number of cases in the community, visiting restriction have been put in place at Hospital from today, Monday 28 February. The hospital is frequented by many patients and visitors on a daily basis from south Donegal.

The hospital is currently dealing with Covid-19 outbreaks impacting a number of wards.

Visiting to the affected wards will be facilitated on compassionate grounds, on an exceptional basis only.

To arrange a visit on compassionate grounds, please contact the ward manager in advance.

Access for visitors to all other wards is by appointment only, between 6pm and 8pm each day, and the visits must be pre-arranged by family members / visitors who should contact the relevant ward in advance.

In a statement they said: "SUH request that all visitors wear a surgical mask while in the hospital and to use the hand gel regularly during their visit to the hospital.

Anyone who is planning to visit the hospital is asked to delay their visit if they have any symptoms of Covid-19, have been in contact with anyone with Covid-19 or are awaiting the results of a Covid-19 test. 

There are separate arrangements in place for access to the maternity department for nominated support partners.

The Emergency Department (ED) at Sligo University Hospital is also extremely busy today with a high number of people attending.  

There is ongoing pressure on bed availability in the hospital and we regret that many patients are currently experiencing long waiting times to be admitted from the ED to an acute bed in the hospital.

We are committed to treating everyone who presents at our ED but we do so strictly in order of medical priority and apologise for the long wait times.

Given the volume of patients attending the Emergency Department, the hospital is asking the public to contact their GP during normal surgery hours or the Caredoc service in the first instance if their health problem is not urgent."

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