Temporary closure of acute paediatric services at Tallaght

Thursday 26 March 2020: Tallaght University Hospital (TUH) would like to acknowledge the difficult decision of Children’s Health Ireland (CHI) to temporarily move the acute paediatric services at Tallaght offsite during the COVID-19 pandemic. From midnight on Friday, March 27th all acute paediatric services including ED will temporarily relocate to the children’s hospitals at Crumlin and Temple Street, and the paediatric outpatient and urgent care centre at Connolly Hospital, Blanchardstown.  The move will support TUH with additional staff, emergency facilities and bed capacity for adult patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lucy Nugent, Chief Executive of TUH said: “Our preparations for dealing with the increasing number of patients that will need medical support through their COVID-19 illness continue. The additional capacity at the Hospital through the temporary relocation of acute paediatric services is very welcome and I would particularly like to thank and acknowledge my paediatric colleagues in this regard.

I would like to thank each member of the TUH team for their efforts and the changes they have had to make to keep services running for patients. I would also like to thank staff returning from career breaks, secondment and retirement to support us at these difficult and challenging times. I would also like to thank the community around Tallaght that we serve for their support, especially since the Hospital closed to visitors.”

Notes to Editors
We encourage our community to work together to 'flatten the curve' and delay and limit the spread of COVID-19.  Social distancing is important to help slow the spread of COVID-19. It does this by minimising contact between potentially infected individuals and healthy individuals. We would like to thank everyone for respecting the current visiting restriction to the Hospital, we appreciate this is difficult but important to keep our patients and staff safe.  You can check the Hospital website for further COVID-19 information.

Tallaght University Hospital Foundation 
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