June 18, 2021

Waterford patients told avoid UHW and go to their GPs

Health officials have placed strict visitor restrictions on University Hospital Waterford due to Infection Control concerns regarding Covid-19.

The South/South West Hospital Group, which manages UHW, are also asking people to contact their GP with any issues rather than attending emergency departments.

A spokesperson for UHW said: “This is in the interest of patient care and in order to prevent the spread of infection. Anyone with any queries about visiting times or visiting a particular hospital should ring the respective hospital directly.

“We regret any inconvenience caused to patients and relatives by these necessary measures. All infection control measures are in place and every effort is being made by each hospital to manage and contain the spread of infection.

“Management at the South/South West Hospital Group have requested that where appropriate the public contact their GP/Out of Hours service in the first instance and explore all other options available to them prior to presenting to Emergency Departments if their needs are not urgent,” the spokesperson concluded.

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