Long delays reported at Cavan's Emergency Department

Public asked not to attend except for genuine emergency cases

The general public are being warned of delays at the Emergency Department at Cavan General Hospital and asked not to attend except in cases of real and genuine emergency.

The General Manager of the acute hospital issued a memorandum this afternoon to GPs and the general public, via the media, outlining the situation.

Su-Zann O’Callaghan described the ED as "exceptionally busy".

"Anyone attending the Emergency Department with a non-urgent condition will experience very long wait times to be seen," she said.

Several such notices have been issued by hospital management at various times in recent months.

The General Manager accepts it has become common and apologised.

"Unfortunately this sort of situation is now a frequent occurrence and we sincerely

apologise for that. As always, the staff are working very hard to treat and care for

those who are particularly ill.

"To help us free up beds, we need patients and families to work with us at the point of

discharge and accept placements that may be immediately available.

"Please only attend the Emergency Department if your condition is urgent and needs

immediate attention.

"We appreciate your understanding and cooperation in this matter," said Ms O'Callaghan.

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