Visiting restrictions at Sligo hospital will continue over weekend

Sligo University Hospital says visiting restrictions will continue over the bank holiday weekend.

The hospital has renewed its appeal this afternoon seeking the public’s cooperation as it continues to fight an outbreak of the Norovirus.

The only exceptions to the visiting ban are end-of-life situations and other exceptional circumstances, as agreed with the specific ward manager in advance of visiting.

And it says no children are allowed to visit.

People should still not visit the emergency department unless it’s absolutely necessary.

GPs and the GP-out-of-hours service should be contacted in the first instance.

The hospital points out that the Norovirus is active in the wider community and it is therefore important these restrictions continue throughout the weekend.

Meanwhile, there were 25 people waiting on a bed at hospitals in the north west this afternoon.

University Hospital Letterkenny had 16 patients waiting for a bed while in Sligo there were 9 patients waiting for a bed, according to the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation.

10 of the patients in Letterkenny were waiting on trolleys with a further 6 in the overflow area of wards.

All 9 patients in Sligo were waiting on trolleys.

Nationally there were 420 people waiting for a bed.

The latest trolley watch report shows University Hospital Limerick was the most overcrowded with 47 people in need of a bed.