COVID-19 and flu causing difficulty at local hospitals

Due to an outbreak of COVID-19 in the hospital, Roscommon University Hospital is appealing to the public not to visit the hospital if they are feeling unwell or have respiratory symptoms.

The hospital is currently dealing with a Covid outbreak on St Coman’s Ward and St Teresa’s Ward and visiting to both wards will be facilitated on compassionate grounds, on an exceptional basis only. To arrange a visit on compassionate grounds, please contact the ward manager in advance.

Marie Doorly, Interim Hospital Manager said, “We appreciate that restricting visiting at this time of year is difficult for patients and their families. However, this is a necessary measure to ensure the hospital can continue to keep all our patients safe.

“Everyone coming to the hospital should follow public health guidance and use hand gel regularly during their visit, remember your cough etiquette and if needed, masks are available for use throughout the hospital.”

Sligo University Hospital is also suffering from COVID-19 outbreaks and increased pressure due to rising rates of flu.

Dr Áine McNamara, Area Director of Public Health, Department of Public Health, HSE West and North West, said: “Healthcare settings are extremely busy due to the unprecedented combination of very high levels of flu, COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses in the community. To protect yourself and others avail of COVID-19 and flu vaccines if you’re eligible, and stay at home if unwell. It is very important to avoid visiting vulnerable people, particularly those in healthcare and long-term residential settings, if unwell.”

The HSE is urging every eligible person to get vaccinated against flu and COVID-19 as soon as possible. People with long-term health conditions, healthcare workers (HCWs) and children aged 2-17 can avail of free vaccination. Flu and Covid vaccinations are available through GPs and pharmacies.

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