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Visitor restrictions at Bantry General

Wednesday, 10th January, 2018 5:11pm

Bantry is the latest Cork hospital to fall victim to the flu virus.

It comes as the trolley crisis continues to also affect hospitals around the country with more than 550 people waiting on the bed on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday this week.

The INMO’s trolley and ward watch said that CUH had 30 and the Mercy had 32 waiting for a bed yesterday while strict visitor restrictions were also put in place with immediate effect at Bantry General Hospital.

This was due to the number of patients who presented with flu-like symptoms.

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 Bantry General Hospital.

In the interest of patient care and in order to restrict the spread of the flu virus within the hospital, a spokesperson said that it was necessary to ban all visitors to Bantry General Hospital.

The elderly, children, pregnant women or young adults, those with chronic illnesses or vulnerable others are advised not to visit the hospital.

Critically ill patients are restricted to one visitor per critically ill patient and confined to visiting times only.

Outpatient, day care services and routine hospital admissions are not affected.

The spokeperson said: “We regret any inconvenience caused to patients and relatives by these necessary measures, which are being taken in the interests of patient care.

All infection control measures are in place and every effort is being made to manage and contain the spread of the flu virus.”

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