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A Cork hospital is so busy with emergencies it's asking patients to stay away

Patients are experiencing long delays at Mercy University Hospital’s emergency department.

Mercy University Hospital in Cork city.
Mercy University Hospital in Cork city.
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A CORK CITY hospital is asking patients to stay away from its emergency department because it’s too busy right now.

A spokesperson for Mercy University Hospital says that the hospital is dealing with a “surge in patients” at its emergency department and that people needing les urgent treatment should seek care elsewhere.

“Patients with less urgent complaints are advised to contact their GPs or South Doc, in the first instance, or avail of services at the Mercy Urgent Care Centre,” the spokesperson said.

Escalation procedures have been put in place to deal with the amount of patients presenting to the hospital with numbers described as “exceptionally high”.

The department remains open but patients who do attend are likely to experience long delays.

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