July 25, 2021

Wicklow residents that attend hospital do so at their own risk – Management

People visiting patients at St Vincent’s hospital in Dublin do so at their own risk, hospital management are saying.

While a strict visiting ban on children visiting has been put in place at the hospital, due to infection control concerns regarding Covid-19.

The Irish East Hospital Group, who manage St Vincents – the hospital which cares for Wicklow residents, have taken these measures in the interest of patient care and in order to prevent the spread of infection. Further restrictions could be imminent, including a complete ban on visitors.

Earlier today, the South/ South West Hospital Group (SSWHG) announced a strict ban on all visitors attending their eight hospitals. This follows 60 staff at Cork University Hospital being told they must self-isolate.

The SSWHG, which manages hospitals in Waterford, Cork, Tipperary and Kerry,  also asked people to contact their GP with any issues rather than attending UHW’s emergency department.

A spokesperson for the SSWHG said: “This is in the interest of patient care and in order to prevent the spread of infection. Anyone with any queries about visiting times or visiting a particular hospital should ring the respective hospital directly.

“We regret any inconvenience caused to patients and relatives by these necessary measures. All infection control measures are in place and every effort is being made by each hospital to manage and contain the spread of infection.

“Management at the South/South West Hospital Group have requested that where appropriate the public contact their GP/Out of Hours service in the first instance and explore all other options available to them prior to presenting to Emergency Departments if their needs are not urgent,” the spokesperson concluded.

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