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Our nearest hospital, St Columcille’s in Loughlinstown, has just confirmed that 31 of their patients have test positive for Covid-19.
This follows an outbreak in the facility, with 58 nursing now unavailable due to having the virus or self-isolating as close contacts.
It has meant that the hospital is now closing its medical assessment unit from 5pm today, Monday 23rd, for 48 hours. The injury unit remains open.
Today’s move follows a suspension of outpatient appointments at the hospital from late last week.
Said a hospital spokeswoman, “This is an ever-changing situation and is being monitored on an ongoing basis. In line with national occupational health guidance, it is expected that some staff are to return early next week.
“St Columcille’s Hospital, Loughlinstown, are continuing to respond to pressures arising from a Covid-19 outbreak which occurred in late October. The Hospital Covid Plan is being implemented and progress has been made to stabilise the situation.”
The hospital has now contacted the local community and GPs, asking for patients who require help to be redirected to St Michael’s Hospital, Dun Laoghaire.
“The message for the public is that please don’t delay to see medical attention,” continues the spokeswoman. “Contact your GP, who will refer you to an appropriate facility should you require further care.”