20 on trolleys and visitor restrictions at Sligo Hospital

20 on trolleys and visitor restrictions at Sligo Hospital

Visitor restrictions remain in place at Sligo University Hospital while the number of patients on trolleys was the highest of anywhere outside of Dublin this week.

The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation's Trolley Watch reported on Monday that there were 20 patients on trolleys at the hospital, the joint highest number with Midlands Portlaoise outside of Dublin.

An ongoing outbreak of the Norovirus means that visitor restrictions will remain in place throughout this week.

On Monday evening, a spokesperson for Saolta, which manages the hospital, confirmed the ongoing restrictions due to vomiting and diarrhoea. She said that there were still eight wards with sympomatic patients.

No visiting is allowed, except for 'End of Life' situations and other exceptional circumstances, as agreed with the specific ward manager in advance of visiting.

No children are allowed visit, as they may be particularly susceptible to the illness.

The public are urged to contact their GP or GP Out-of-Hours service in the first instance and not to attend the Emergency Department unless absolutely necessary.

Patients with pre-planned hospital appointments such as outpatients who have not had any symptoms of vomiting or diarrhoea should attend their appointment as normal, unless otherwise advised by the hospital.