Strict visitor restrictions in hospitals serving Tipperary

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Strict visitor restrictions are in place at the main hospitals serving County Tipperary today.

Both South Tipp General and University Hospital Limerick are battling to control outbreaks of the flu virus.

Visiting to all wards at South Tipperary General Hospital remain in place today as the number of patients with the flu virus remains high.

Management report 8 cases among patients across a number of wards today.

Efforts are also continuing to deal with patients who have presented with vomiting and diarrhea at the Clonmel health facility.

Visiting to all wards is prohibited, apart from exceptional circumstances while no children are allowed visit the hospital.

The situation is being kept under daily review.

Similar protocols have been put in place at University Hospital Limerick as they attempt to contain the virus there with 11 cases of flu there.

The Dooradoyle hospital, which serves North Tipp, has said there are a number of other patients symptomatic.

One person per patient only is permitted to visit during official visiting hours – between 2pm to 4pm and from 6pm to 9pm

People with flu-like symptoms are advised to contact their GP by phone in the first instance and avoid presenting at the Emergency Department at UHL.

Restrictions are also in place at University Hospital Waterford due to the number of patients with the flu virus.

Meanwhile frontline staff at UHL are dealing with 40 patients on trolleys and chairs today making it one of the busiest in the country.

Just Cork University Hospital with 47 and Letterkenny General with 44 are more overcrowded.

There are 13 patients without a bed at South Tipp General while nationally the figure is 575 according to the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation.