Testing and tracing is taking place at the moment.
A ward in Portlaoise Regional Hospital is closed to new admissions following an outbreak of Covid-19.
The hospital outbreak control team was brought in after a number of patients and staff tested positive and those initially identified as close contacts are now self isolating.
Testing and contact tracing among patients and staff is continuing this morning.
All other services at the facility are operating as normal and those with appointments should attend them unless contacted directly by hospital staff.
Statement in full:
The Midland Regional Hospital Portlaoise can confirm that one ward at the Hospital is now closed to new admissions because of Covid 19 infection involving a number of patients and staff members. All other services at the Hospital continue to operate as normal. Patients who have appointments to attend the Hospital should attend unless contacted by the Hospital directly.
In accordance with HPSC guidelines, the Hospital Outbreak Control Team was convened. Covid 19 testing and contact tracing of both staff and patients is actively on-going to ensure the protection of public health. Any staff identified as close contacts of Covid 19 cases are now self-isolating.
The Hospital would like to reassure patients, staff and the public that all appropriate steps have been taken in accordance with national guidelines. Staff and patients have been provided with key Hospital contacts if any concerns need to be addressed.
The protection of public health is of the utmost importance to the Hospital and every effort is being taken to reduce the risk of spread of Covid-19 at this time. Please adhere to public health advice and the level 3 restrictions at this time. Do not visit the hospital or any health care facility if you have any symptoms suggestive of Covid 19 infection. Please contact your GP by phone for advice if you have any concerns. Further advice is available at www.hse.ie