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Sunday 17 December 2017

Visits suspended at St James's Hospital after outbreak of flu over flu outbreak

St James Hospital
St James Hospital

St James's Hospital has suspended visiting on the wards again today because of a flu outbreak.

The hospital had put visiting restrictions in place over the weekend, and the situation was reviewed yesterday afternoon.

A statement issued from the hospital said that following senior management and clinical review, visiting remains closed at the hospital.

"Planned admissions are severely curtailed to allow for a small volume of time-critical admissions. The intensive care unit remains closed to planned surgical cases," the hospital said.

However, out-patient, day ward and diagnostic services will operate as usual today at the hospital.

The public is being asked to continue to cooperate with the ward visiting restrictions.

The measure will be reviewed by senior staff again today. The hospital has urged any person with flu-like illness to remain at home and contact their GP by phone for advice.

The number of cases of flu have increased in Ireland in recent weeks.

Confirmed

There were 44 confirmed hospitalised cases of flu notified to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre during the week ending February 1.

Separately, Fine Gael's Seanad spokesperson on health, Colm Burke, has criticised figures from the HSE which confirm that as much as 25pc of emergency department visits charges have been left unpaid and uncollected.

fdillon@herald.ie

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