The Clinical Director at St Luke’s Hospital is warning locals not to turn up at A&E with sunburn this weekend.
Locals are being reminded that they face long waiting times at the general hospital for Carlow and Kilkenny especially with it being a bank holiday.
Management say all patients should consult with a doctor or pharmacist before going to the Emergency Department this weekend.
Prof Gary Courtney says you’d be surprised by some of the minor ailments they see at the door:
“If it’s a minor ailment, well, first of all, prevent it. I mean, you won’t believe it, but a lot of people come in with sunburn. So don’t go out in the sun, we would say that. Or if you do wear a hat and some factor 50, don’t come in with sunburn. And then some people come in with a headache. And if it’s a brief headache, that’s only new,
take two panadols and see what happens.”