Bantry General Hospital say patient and staff care is main priority amid rapid increase in number of patients with COVID19

Management at Bantry General Hospital have moved to reassure the public that patient and staff care is the main priority at the hospital. 

Due to the rapid increase in the number of patients with confirmed Covid-19 being admitted to the hospital and the projected trend in admissions based upon community transmission levels, Bantry General Hospital has suspended non-time dependent services including inpatient, day case and outpatient services. 

Some outpatient clinics will proceed virtually if clinically appropriate. 

Emergency and urgent time-sensitive procedures and care will continue to be provided.

Bantry General Hospital remains open and any member of the public who is seriously ill and requires emergency care will be assessed and treated as appropriate.

The High Dependency Unit at Bantry General Hospital is busy at this time and the situation is being managed and treated with the utmost urgency, however, the cooperation and support of the community is paramount.

For patients requiring critical care in an ICU setting, the hospital has the capability to transfer critical care patients to the appropriate site as critical care capacity across the region is actively managed as a group resource; thereby ensuring patients always have access to the best possible care setting with inter-hospital transfer as required.

The necessary arrangements are in place across all sites to upscale Critical Care capacity should that be required.

As has been the case over the past number of months, there are a number of confirmed positive Covid-19 cases and there are also some patients on the COVID pathway who are awaiting a result. The Crisis Management Team are actively managing this and the hospital continues to implement the appropriate Covid-19 controls and management protocols.

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