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Overcrowding At Midlands Hospital Continues Into Third Day

They're asking people to consider alternatives before attending the hospital.

Tullamore Regional Hospital is experiencing a very busy period with a significantly increased number of people requiring admission.

Management is reminding members of the public to consider their care options before presenting to the Emergency Department (ED).  

In a statement to Midlands 103, they say;

"We advise that the public only attend our emergency services if absolutely essential.

"If you are unwell, please go to your GP or pharmacy in the first instance.  

"Importantly, please do not delay in seeking medical attention if you suspect you are having a heart attack or stroke.

"Our ED Services are available to you, please dial 999 or 112 in an emergency.

"For routine matters please contact your GP or out of hours by phone."

If you do have to attend the ED in emergency situation, you're asked to wear a mask, practice social distancing and ensure you tell the triage personnel if you have any signs/symptoms of Covid-19.

It's the third day running that such a notice has been released by Tullamore Regional Hospital.

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