‘Don’t bring chil­dren to over­crowded kids hospi­tal’

Irish Daily Mirror - - NEWS - BY CLAIRE SCOTT

Tem­ple Street A CHIL­DREN’S hospi­tal with an over­crowded emer­gency de­part­ment yes­ter­day urged par­ents to take their sick young­sters to a GP in­stead.

Tem­ple Street said it was cop­ing with an in­crease in pa­tients and longer ad­mis­sion times.

In a state­ment the hospi­tal added: “The emer­gency de­part­ment (ED) is es­pe­cially busy to­day and there are a num­ber of chil­dren in our ED who are cur­rently wait­ing for in­pa­tient beds.

“Given the time of year, the ED is also see­ing an in­crease in pa­tients, par­tic­u­larly very young chil­dren and ba­bies, with res­pi­ra­tory in­fec­tions.

“In this re­gard Tem­ple Street is ask­ing par­ents to think about all their care and treat­ment op­tions in­clud­ing their lo­cal fam­ily GP and GP out of hours ser­vice be­fore at­tend­ing the ED.

“How­ever if your child is se­ri­ously ill or in­jured or you are wor­ried that their life may be at risk, please at­tend our ED and we will as­sess and treat your child as a pri­or­ity.

“In the mean­time Tem­ple Street wishes to apol­o­gise to any fam­i­lies who may have an in­creased wait for their child to be ad­mit­ted and to fam­i­lies whose chil­dren had their surgery post­poned at short no­tice.”

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