People Asked To Avoid Mater Em...


People Asked To Avoid Mater Emergency Department 'Where Possible'

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The Mater Hospital is appealing to people to avoid its emergency department "where possible".

Hospital management says the Mater is under significant pressure due to a combination of a high volume of patients, an increased number of COVID-positive patients in the hospital, and staff who can't come to work due to contracting COVID or being a close contact.

Management at the facility is warning that people who turn up at the emergency department with non-emergency conditions can expect "long waits".

However, it's advising that anyone in need of emergency care will be treated - saying anyone who does need emergency treatment should not delay in seeking care.

Figures released by the HSE overnight showed the Mater had the most COVID-19 patients of any hospital in the country.

65 patients with the virus are being treated at the hospital - around 10% of the total number of patients with COVID currently in Irish hospitals.

INMO trolley figures, meanwhile, show 31 patients in the Mater's emergency department are waiting for a bed this morning.

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