Mayo University Hospital is dealing with a high volume of patients presenting at its Emergency Dept today, and is also coping with the rising Covid-19 cases in the community, and a Covid-19 outbreak on site.
As of this morning, according to the General Manager Catherine Donohoe there were 41 patients in the hospital with Covid 19.
Staffing issues are also intensifying at the hospital, as more staff are contracting the virus or are close contacts, and are unable to work.
Patients attending the hospital are being clinically streamed in advance of entering the emergency department and are then directed to the Acute Covid Assessment Unit (ACAU) as required.
Hospital management is urging people to only attend at the Acute Covid Assessment Unit if they are acutely unwell.
People with mild symptoms of Covid 19 are urged to self-isolate and book a PCR test when available on Book a COVID-19 test - HSE (healthservice.ie)
Catherine has been speaking to Midwest News Editor Teresa O'Malley today about the pressures on Mayo University Hospital at present…