Midlands Regional Hospital Portlaoise to be impacted by Storm Emma in coming days. Pic Denis Byrne
Outpatient clinics at hospitals in Laois, Dublin, Kildare and Offaly will run as normal from Monday but Storm Emma will continue to have a 'impact' on services for patients, the Dublin Midlands Hospital Group (DMHG) has announced.
The DMHG incorporates the Midland Regional Hospitals at Tullamore and Portlaoise & Naas General, Tallaght Hospital, St James’ Hospital, St Luke's Radiation Oncology Network and the Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital.
A Status Orange weather warning remains in place until noon Monday which is likely to impact some patients.
"The DMHG wishes to advise the public that outpatients will run as normal in all Hospitals tomorrow, Monday, March 5.
"We would ask patients to only attend if it is safe for them to travel. If you are unable to attend please call the contact number on your appointment letter tomorrow to inform the Hospital.
"For appointments cancelled last Thursday and Friday the hospitals will contact patients to reschedule appointments. As previously advised, the events of last week will have an impact on service provision for the week ahead and hospitals have been reviewing planned elective activity and some curtailments are necessary over the coming days. Hospitals will contact patients directly to reschedule appointments," said the group.
In the unlikely event that an outpatients appointment letter was not delivered to to Storm Emma, the advice would be that if anyone has a query/concern contact the hospital directly.
The group also advised the public that Emergency Departments (ED/A&E) will be very busy over the coming days.
"Hospitals have been busy and will continue to be in the coming days, particularly Emergency Department activity. 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 still be expected," said the statement.
The DMHG said hospitals continued to care for patients despite the extraordinary weather conditions affecting access to and access from Hospitals.
"The Hospital Group would like to acknowledge all staff who went above and beyond to continue patient care and the support of the National Ambulance Service, Defence Forces and Civil Defence in assisting with emergency transportation of patients and staff," said a statment.
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