UHL Urges People To Consider Alternative Healthcare Options Amid Overcrowding

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Management at University Hospital Limerick are asking the public to consider all available healthcare options this afternoon to help them avoid long waits for assessment in the Emergency Department due to overcrowding.

Hospital Management have decided to cancel all but the most time critical elective surgery at UHL tomorrow(Wednesday). Patients affected by this decision will be contacted directly this afternoon(Tuesday). Hospital management hopes to reschedule the patients as soon as possible. There are no other cancellations of elective surgery at other UHL related locations for now.

Less acutely unwell patients are asked to first consider using an Injury Unit, GP, out-of-hours GP services and pharmacists before attending the Emergency Department.

Injury Units in Ennis, Nenagh and St John’s are operating as normal. Opening hours for Ennis and Nenagh Injury Units are 8am-8pm and St John’s Injury Unit 8am-7pm. Cashel Injury Unit operates 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday at Our Lady’s Hospital Cashel.

In the 24 hours between 8am yesterday (Monday) and this morning, a total of 278 people attended the Emergency Department in Limerick, among them significant numbers of children and of frail elderly patients with complex health conditions