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Regional hospitals under pressure from non-covid wave of illness according to health minister

Aug 18, 2021 17:08 By Shannonside News
Regional hospitals under pressure from non-covid wave of illness according to health minister Regional hospitals under pressure from non-covid wave of illness according to health minister
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According to the Health Minister, people who have been avoiding hospitals due to the pandemic are beginning to attend health care facilities in large numbers.

Sligo University Hospital has fallen victim to a wave of deferred non-Covid health issues according to the Minister for Health.

The hospital is dealing with its third consecutive day of extremely high patient numbers waiting for beds at the healthcare facility.

Minister Stephen Donnelley says a significant wave of non-Covid health issues are being presented at Emergency Departments across the country following delays in diagnosis and treatment during the pandemic.

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34 people are currently on trolleys or are waiting for beds in the hospital as of this morning, up from 33 yesterday and 22 people on trolleys on Monday.

Elsewhere in the facility, 14 people diagnosed with Covid-19 are receiving treatment in Sligo Hospital, with two of these in the ICU.

INMO representatives are also reporting a large number of nursing vacancies at the hospital.

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Speaking to Shannonside Northern Sound news today, Minister Donnelley says he recognizes staff are under pressure at the facility and the HSE are working to address the staff shortage:

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