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Dublin: 19 °C Friday 14 August, 2020

Temple Street has postponed surgeries because of the number of sick babies

The hospital says it has had a large number of winter-related admissions.

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TEMPLE STREET CHILDREN’S University Hospital has postponed surgeries for a number of children because of capacity issues.

The hospital says the postponements are related to “the increased number of winter-related admissions” it has seen.

The hospital said eight children had their surgeries cancelled because of the admissions. They say that they have had nearly 1,500 surgeries carried out this year.

“However eight patients that were due to come into Temple Street for surgery today (Friday 27th November), were postponed yesterday which clearly represents a very small proportion of the overall number of admissions.

The decision to postpone this small number of surgeries was as a result of the increased number of winter related admissions, especially babies under one year, with respiratory illnesses who have been admitted through Temple Street’s emergency department over the past week and who need very careful and intense monitoring.

“Temple Street recognises the distress that any postponement of surgery will cause to a parent and child but is endeavouring to re-schedule these surgeries as soon as possible.

The hospital says it will still perform emergency surgeries.

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