An increasing number of Covid-19 presentations.
Naas General Hospital has said it is experiencing a very busy period with a significantly increased number of people requiring admission to the Hospital and an increasing number of Covid-19 presentations.
The Hospital is reminding members of the public to consider their care options before presenting to the Emergency Department (ED).
It advises that the public only attend the emergency services if absolutely essential.
The hospital says, If you are unwell, go to your GP or pharmacy in the first instance.
It has said it is essential that it protects emergency services for those who require emergency care.
However, it says people should not delay in seeking medical attention if they suspect they are having a heart attack or stroke.
Dial 999 or 112 in an emergency.
The hospital has warned people not to attend ED seeking a PCR test as testing is only possible following a clinical assessment and a decision to admit a patient for treatment to the ward.
It advises people to follow the latest public health guidance announced by Government to help protect and maintain essential services in these challenging times.
The hospital says if you have to attend the ED in emergency situation;
· ensure you wear a mask,
· practice social distancing and
· ensure you tell the triage personnel if you have any signs/symptoms of Covid.