Tallaght Hospital restricting visitors due to outbreak of infection

Tallaght Hospital is continuing to restrict visiting hours due to the breakout of a bacterial infection known as Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) which has hit the hospital.

They have decided to take this action due to the fact that a number of patients have tested positive for the bacteria, which is difficult, but not impossible, to treat due to its resistance to the carbapenem class of antibiotics.

The hospital has appealed on its website for only one visitor per patient during designated visiting hours of 2 – 4pm and 6.30pm – 8.30pm.

It said that children are not permitted to visit in any circumstance, though parents and guardians of paediatric inpatients are allowed to visit as normal as the paediatric unit is not affected.

It is encouraging patients with non-urgent requirements to attend their local GP before presenting to Tallaght Hospital emergency department.