UPDATE: Outpatient will run as normal in hospitals tomorrow

Patients are asked to attend only if it is safe for them to travel

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Tullamore Hospital

Midlands Regional Hospital, Tullamore

All outpatient will run as normal in all hospitals in the Dublin Midlands Hospital Group from tomorrow (Monday, March 5). This includes Tullamore and Portlaoise Hospitals.

Other hospitals in the group are Naas, Tallaght Hospital, St James’s Hospital, St. Lukes Radiation Oncology Network and the Coombe Women & Infants University Hospital.

However patients are asked to attend only if it is safe for them to travel. If you are unable to attend, you can contact the number on your appointment letter tomorrow to inform the Hospital. 

For appointments cancelled last Thursday and Friday, the hospitals will contact patients to reschedule appointments.

In a statement today, the Hospital Group stated, "the events of last week will have an impact on service provision for the week ahead and Hospitals have been reviewing planned elective activity and some curtailments are necessary over the coming days. Hospitals will contact patients directly to reschedule appointments."

Hospitals continued to care for patients despite the extraordinary weather conditions affecting access to and access from hospitals.

The Hospital Group would like to acknowledge all staff who went above and beyond to continue patient care and the support of the National Ambulance Service, Defence Forces and Civil Defence in assisting with emergency transportation of patients and staff.

Hospitals have been busy and will continue to be in the coming days, particularly ED activity. People are being urged to consider all options available to them for their healthcare needs and to protect the ED for those most seriously ill as delays can still be expected.