Management at South Tipp General Hospital are asking people to only attend the A&E in the case of genuine emergency.
The appeal comes as the Clonmel facility experiences overcrowding this afternoon, with INMO figures stating that 42 people are currently on trolleys there today.
A statement from management asks that people “think about all their care and treatment options” and keep emergency department services for patients who need them most.
The A&E is coming under continuing pressure, and people are asked to consult with a GP or Caredoc out of hours service in the first instance.
Management say that the Emergency Department will assess and treat as a priority any members of the public who are seriously injured or ill, or are worried that their life is at risk.
They also apologise for any inconvenience caused.
INMO figures reveal that there are 552 people being treated on trolleys across the country today, including 57 at University Hospital Limerick.
Media Statement for Immediate Release from South Tipperary General Hospital (STGH) – 25th February 2020
The Emergency Department (ED) at South Tipperary General Hospital (STGH) is currently experiencing overcrowding. Management at the hospital is asking members of the public to only attend in the case of a genuine emergency, advising that, where possible, a GP or Caredoc out of hours service be consulted in the first instance. We are asking people to think about all their care and treatment options and keep our ED services for the patients who need them most.
The Emergency department has been coming under continuing pressure with high numbers presenting with a variety of complex needs . However, if members of the public are seriously injured or ill or are worried that your life is at risk the ED will assess and treat you as a priority.
Staff and management are working to prioritise the discharge of patients as soon as possible where appropriate.
The management at STGH apologies for any inconvenience caused.