Dublin's children's hospitals issue warning over "unprecedented demand for admissions"

Parents are being asked to contact their family doctor of out-of-hours GP service before attending Emergency Departments

Dublin’s three children’s hospitals have issued a joint statement warning parents of “unprecedented demands for admissions” this weekend.

Parents are being asked to contact their family doctor of out-of-hours GP service before attending Emergency Departments after an “increase in patients presenting with respiratory infections particularly in younger children and babies.”

The Children’s Hospital Group representing Temple Street, Crumlin Children’s Hospital and the children’s hospital in Tallaght have apologised to patients who may be faced with increased waiting times this weekend.

The statement said that the 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.”

The warning comes after Temple Street was forced to go "off-call for ambulances" on Tuesday following an electrical fault in the building.