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Public urged to avoid attending overcrowded UHL

UL Hospitals Group is urging members of the public to consider all care options before attending the Emergency Department (ED) at University Hospital Limerick (UHL) today, Monday.

The hospital is managing high volumes of patients that have arisen due to a busy 48-72 hours in the Emergency Department.

“We apologise to those patients who are experiencing lengthy waits for beds, and we would like to reassure them, and their families, that we are working to alleviate the situation. We have reduced our elective surgical activity as we prioritise emergency admissions at this time. We are appropriately transferring patients to other hospitals in our Group and are working with HSE MidWest Community Healthcare to access appropriate beds within the community,” UHIL said in a statement today.

“All patients are receiving expert medical care and every effort is being made to make their stay as comfortable as possible. Meanwhile, we urge people to consider all available care options and not attend the ED at UHL unless absolutely necessary. It is crucial that the ED be kept for emergencies only.

People may attend a GP or out-of-hours GP service for referral to an Assessment Unit the following day if required. Local Injury Units (LIUs) are open at Ennis and Nenagh Hospitals (8am-8pm every day) and St John’s Hospital (8am-6pm, Monday to Friday) for treatment of broken bones, dislocations, sprains, strains, wounds, scalds and minor burns. If you are seriously injured or ill, or are worried that your life is at risk, the ED will assess and treat you as a priority,” the statement added.

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