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Inpatient elective procedures cancelled after cases rise 50 percent in one week

Anton McNulty

AN outbreak of Covid-19 in Mayo University Hospital has resulted in the closure of a ward and the cancellation of inpatient elective procedures from today.
The number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Mayo University Hospital has risen by 50 percent in the last seven days. The latest figures released by the HSE show that as of 8pm on Sunday, July 3, there are 36 confirmed cases in Mayo University Hospital, an increase of 12 from the previous Sunday.
A statement released by the Saolta University Health Care Group on Monday afternoon confirmed that the hospital is under increasing pressure due to Covid-19 outbreaks. As a result of the outbreak, one ward has been closed to admissions. Access for visitors to the outbreak ward has been limited to compassionate grounds only.
“Mayo University Hospital is dealing with a significant increase in Covid-19 positive patients, while also seeing very high numbers of attendances through the Emergency Department (ED).
“In addition to the ED pressures, the hospital is treating over 40 patients with Covid-19, and the high community transmission rate in the region is having an impact on staffing levels.” 
In addition to the ward closure and visitor restrictions, the Saolte statement also confirmed procedure cancellations.
“As a result of the pressures, the hospital is cancelling inpatient elective procedures for tomorrow, Tuesday, July 5. Patients are being contacted directly if their procedure is being postponed. Day case procedures and outpatient appointments are proceeding as usual and people should come to their appointments unless advised otherwise.”
The hospital acknowledged the difficultly the delays and postponements will cause for patients and their families and apologised for the inconvenience and distress these delays cause.
“We are committed to treating everyone who presents at the Emergency Department; people who are seriously injured or ill are assessed and treated as a priority and those who do not require urgent care may be waiting longer. If your health problem is not an emergency you should contact your GP during normal surgery hours or the Westdoc GP out of hours service, in the first instance,” the statement read.

Appointment only
Visiting to all other MUH wards is by appointment only and anyone who has any symptoms of Covid-19 or have been in contact with anyone with Covid-19 is asked to stay away.
The latest Covid-19 figures released by the HSE show that of the 36 cases in MHU, six were confirmed in the previous 24 hours but none are on the Intensive Care Unit of the hospital.
The latest Covid-19 figures released by the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) show that as of June 28, the total confirmed cases of Covid as tested by PCR now stands at 39,233, which is an increase of 294 over a seven day period. The real number of cases is expected to be much higher as most positive cases are now confirmed using a home antigen test and are not always reported and recorded by the HSE and HPSC.