Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital in Crumlin, Temple Street Children’s Hospital and the National Children's Hospital have released a joint statement on the matter
A highly contagious children’s viral infection is sweeping Irish hospitals.
Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital in Crumlin, Temple Street Children’s Hospital and the National Children's Hospital released a joint statement yesterday where they said they have noticed a significant increase in children presenting with RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus) this week.
The hospitals have asked parents to avoid their Emergency Departments if at all possible and to seek advice from the GP/ out of hour’s services first.
They also stated that based on previous evidence, this virus would be at its peak for the next three to four weeks and can cause some babies and children to become very unwell.
The statement read: "While this occurs every winter, the increase in presentations to our ED's has been more significant this season. Some babies and children with this virus can become very unwell requiring supportive treatment and prolonged hospital admissions.
"Based on previous infection control data it is anticipated that this virus will continue to be at peak levels for the next three to four weeks."
They also apologised for any delays people had experienced: “The three children’s EDs are open, however patients attending may experience long delays at this time. The hospitals wish to apologise to all patients inconvenienced by this situation, this includes elective patients that we have had to postpone.”
"The Children’s Hospital Group is working closely with the Clinical Directors and hospital management in the three hospitals to ensure that every effort is made to manage this situation and that those experiencing long waiting times in our Emergency Departments are managed as safely and quickly as possible.”
"In order to safely manage all patients in the EDs, families of children with minor and less urgent complaints are advised to see their GP/out of hours service first, where possible and appropriate."