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'Breaking Point' HSE urge public to avoid 'exceptionally busy' Emergency Departments if possible

An insider at Wexford General Hospital said that the ED was at “breaking point” last night

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Wexford General Hospital's Emergency Department was "exceptionally busy" on Tuesday night

Wexford General Hospital's Emergency Department was "exceptionally busy" on Tuesday night

Wexford General Hospital's Emergency Department was "exceptionally busy" on Tuesday night

The HSE have urged the public to avoid “exceptionally busy” hospital Emergency Departments (ED) and receive care from pharmacy services and GPs where possible.

It comes after an insider at Wexford General Hospital said that the ED was at “breaking point” last night, Tuesday 28th December.

More than 80 patients were admitted to the ED, forcing management to request and activate an ambulance bypass protocol to avoid bringing any more patients into the hospital for “a number of hours.”

The long-serving hospital source said that they had never encountered a situation like this before and that the hospital was on the brink of collapse for at least four hours.

The situation was not said to have been solely Covid related but high case numbers in the community indicate that it has been a factor.

A spokesperson for the HSE’s Ireland East Hospital Group (IEHG) confirmed that Wexford General Hospital’s ED was indeed “exceptionally busy” on Tuesday night.

They told sundayworld.com that the decision to operate the ambulance bypass protocol was to “prioritise the safety and treatment of patients in the department, as well as those continuing to present to the hospital.”

It was coordinated by the IEHG, the South/Southwest Hospital Group, and the National Ambulance Service.

The spokesperson added that hospital management “would like to appeal to members of the public to please consider all care options including their GP, GP Out of Hours and Pharmacy services before presenting to the ED” as hospitals continue to be “very busy.”

“As always, the hospital will see and treat the sickest patients and those requiring urgent care first. If you attend the Emergency Department and do not need urgent treatment we regret that there may be significant delays and long waiting times,” they continued.

“Thank you for your cooperation and support for our staff who are working incredibly hard during this challenging time.”

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