With a large number of patients still awaiting beds in Sligo University Hospital the hospital has confirmed that 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.
The public are encouraged to contact their GP or GP Out-of-Hours service in the first instance and not to attend the Emergency Department unless absolutely necessary.
Maura Hickey of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation told the Democrat that while there were 27 patients waiting for a bed in Sligo University Hospital this morning the hospital was doing everything possible to alleviate the situation and hoped to have the backlog cleared up over the weekend. .
“Visiting restrictions remain in place at the hospital following an outbreak of the winter vomiting bug – it is a serious situation and we do not want contamination spreading. We have to remember that we have nor even reached the Winter season yet which obviously has the potential to cause further problems.”
“I would ask people not to visit the hospital over the weekend until this has been alleviated.”