Covid-19 outbreak curtails services at RUH

An outbreak of Covid-19 coupled with the rising number of positive cases in the community is having a significant impact on services at Roscommon University Hospital.

  The Saolta Health Care Group released a statement on Thursday last to confirm the postponement of urgent inpatient, day surgery, and diagnostic tests this week.

  Face to face outpatient appointments have also been deferred with virtual outpatient clinics now taking place wherever possible.

  The hospital group said patients are being contacted directly if their procedure or appointment has been postponed or if their appointment is going to take place virtually.

  Saolta has assured patients that the Injury Unit at RUH continues to be available to treat minor injuries and the Medical Assessment Unit is available for GP referrals.

  The outbreak will also have a significant impact on visitors, with visiting now permitted on compassionate grounds and by appointment only.

  The nominated support person or visitor must also complete a Covid-19 screening checklist and follow all public health guidance, including the wearing of a FFP2 surgical facemask.

  In line with national guidance on visiting, the nominated support person/visitor will be asked to produce their EU Digital Covid Certificate or HSE Covid-19 Vaccination Record or other proof of immunity at the hospital entrance.

  The limits on visiting access will remain in place until the end of this week and will be kept under review.