Limerick Hospital To Request Resources To Deal With Overcrowding

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Some progress is being reported in respect of measures to deal with overcrowding at University Hospital Limerick.

The Mid West Hospital Campaign Group is confirming that the UL Hospital Group has requested €5.2 million from the HSE National Acute Division in additional resources with a view to increasing staffing across all three Medical Assessment Units in the Mid West – these are located in Nenagh, St John’s Limerick and Ennis.

The extra funding is intended to allow for the extension of the opening hours at the Medical Assessment Units at Nenagh and St John’s Hospital Limerick to seven days per week service.

A change in HSE protocol in early February now allows clinically suitable patients to be cared for at MAUs instead of being transported by ambulance solely to the Emergency Department. The Mid West Campaign group had sought extra resources to go support the change in policy.The Mid West Hospital campaign group says the development is a result of their meeting with An Taoiseach Leo Veradkar on February 17th at University Hospital Limerick and in particular wish to thank former Social Democrat co-leader Roisin Shortall TD for her “outstanding work” on behalf of the campaign.