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24 May 2022

BREAKING: Routine surgeries and out patients appointments cancelled at Portlaoise hospital #BeastFromTheEast

Overcrowding at Portlaoise Hospital

The Midland Regional Hospital, Portlaoise

All outpatient appointments and routine electives have been cancelled at Portlaoise hospital for the next two days.

Following the upgrade of the weather warning by Met Eireann to status Red for Leinster today, Dublin Midlands Hospital Group are now cancelling routine electives and outpatient appointments for the next two days.

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Dublin Midlands Hospital Group incorporates the Midland Regional Hospitals at Portlaoise, Tullamore and Naas, Tallaght Hospital, St James’s Hospital St. Luke’s Radiation Oncology Network and the Coombe Women & Infants University Hospital.

"We will continue to do everything possible to maintain all essential services to patients receiving planned cancer, renal and antenatal care but please contact your hospital directly if you have any concerns.

"In relation to radiotherapy treatment in St Luke’s Radiation Oncology Network please contact the sites directly. 

"All appointments cancelled during the period will be rescheduled and patients will be advised of their new appointment by their hospital."

Patients should note that if they do attend the hospital today for a clinic appointment they will be seen.

"Hospital Emergency Departments continue to be busy and we expect difficulties around discharge planning as a consequence of the adverse conditions.

"We would encourage people to consider all options available to them for their healthcare needs and to protect the ED for those most seriously ill as delays can be expected.

"The hospitals will be monitoring the situation on an hour by hour basis and using all channels of communications to update patients / clients and the general public regarding any changes to service provision."

The Hospital Group has been working with Hospitals to plan and prepare for the adverse weather conditions predicted by Met Eireann over the coming days.

This planning is informing the National Crisis Management Team who are working collaboratively with Local Authorities, National Ambulance Service, An Garda Siochana and Met Eireann to ensure plans are in place for the safe delivery of services for both staff and members of the public.

"We reiterate the HSE calls for people to check that they are stocked up with any medicines and health care supplies they may need this week.

"Remember you may not be able to get to a pharmacy if conditions are poor. Where it is safe to do so, we are also asking people to consider checking in on elderly or vulnerable members of the community, and to make sure they have supplies of food, fuel, water and medicines."

Double fuel allowance payment for this week for over 330,000 people.

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