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Hospital urges people to stay away due to high numbers in ED

Limerick facility sees volume rise by up to 40 patients

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Hospital urges people to stay away due to high numbers in ED

University Hospital Limerick is urging people not to attend ED

UL Hospitals Group is appealing to members of the public to consider all their care options before presenting to the Emergency Department at UHL this Tuesday

The hospital is currently managing high volumes of patients that have arisen due to a busy weekend in the ED, and an increased number of delayed discharges across the group.

A total of 250 patients attended the ED from 8am on Monday to 8am this morning, which is 30 to 40 more patients than were presenting at the Department on Mondays during recent weeks.

A spokeperson said the group apologised for any inconvenience caused to patients or their loved ones who had experienced long wait times in the ED at UHL, and would like to reassure patients and their families that we were working to alleviate the situation.

The spokesperson said that they were urging people to consider all their care options and not to attend the Emergency Department unless absolutely necessary as it was important that we keep the ED for emergencies only.

The injury units at Nenagh hospital is open for appropriate injuries. Injury units treat broken bones, dislocations, sprains, strains, wounds, scalds and minor burns and save long waiting times. The unit is open from 8am to 8pm every day. Others with a less serious illness can be treated by their GP or out of hours GP service where their GP can refer them to an Assessment Unit the following day if required.

However, if you are seriously injured or ill or are worried your life is at risk the ED will assess and treat you as a priority, the spokesperson said.