Member of Regional Health Forum West calls for medical chiefs locally to plan for increase in RSV cases

A Sligo Councillor and member of the Regional Health Forum West is urging the Saolta Hospital Group and HSE chiefs to make sure that adequate resources will be put in place locally to deal with a suspected increase in RSV cases in the North West.

Additional intensive care beds had to be created in Crumlin and Temple Street Children’s Hospitals due to a surge in cases.


Babies under one saw the highest rates of infection.


Cllr Donal Gilroy says the necessary resources need to be put in place locally to treat sick children in particular.


The Fianna Fáil councillor while accepting that the only children’s  hospitals in the country are located in Dublin, he says resources  should be put in place to treat children in local hospitals.


Cllr Gilroy say it’s added pressure on the families of sick children having to spend their Christmas in Dublin while their child is being treated in a Hospital in the capital.