‘Don’t bring children to overcrowded kids hospital’
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.”