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About UL Hospitals Group

UL Hospitals Group is made up of 6 hospital sites in the Midwest. The 6 sites function as a single hospital system. The 6 hospitals are:

  • University Hospital Limerick
  • University Maternity Hospital Limerick
  • Nenagh Hospital
  • Ennis Hospital
  • Croom Orthopaedic Hospital
  • St. John's Hospital (Voluntary)

We provide emergency, surgical and medical services on an inpatient and outpatient basis. UL Hospitals Group serves a population of 385,172 people in Limerick, Clare and North Tipperary.

Our academic partner is the University of Limerick (UL). Our relationship with UL is important in improving standards of care, fostering education, clinical research and innovation.

Our Hospitals

University Hospital Limerick

University Hospital Limerick (UHL) is the largest hospital in the Group and where we care for our sickest patients. It is the only hospital in the Midwest that has a full 24/7/365 emergency care and critical care service for those who require more complex medical and surgical care.

University Hospital Limerick has 531 inpatient beds. It is one of the 8 specialist cancer centres in the country.

The hospital has a dedicated coronary centre treating patients for serious heart attacks, and a thrombolysis centre, providing vital care for acute stroke.

The Acute Medical Assessment Unit (AMAU) in University Hospital Limerick (UHL) predominantly provides a rapid assessment facility for some medical patients who are acutely unwell and who present to the emergency department (ED) with a GP letter.

Please note as part of our response to COVID-19, the AMAU in UHL has been converted to a non-COVID-19 pathway for patients presenting to the ED and is currently not available for GP referrals.

The Acute Surgical Assessment Unit (ASAU) provides a rapid assessment facility for acute surgical conditions in patients such as breast, general surgical or vascular. Patients must be over 16 years and have been assessed by a GP or Consultant. The ASAU is open Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays) from 8am to 8pm.

Please note as part of our response to COVID-19, the SAU in UHL has been converted to a non-COVID-19 pathway for patients presenting to the ED and is currently not available for GP referrals.

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University Maternity Hospital Limerick

University Maternity Hospital Limerick (UMHL) is a specialist maternity hospital. It is the sole provider of obstetric/midwifery and neonatology services in the Midwest region.

The hospital has 83 inpatient beds and there are up to 4,500 births in UMHL each year. Termination of pregnancy services are provided at the hospital. We also provide a perinatal mental health service and colposcopy services.

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Croom Orthopaedic Hospital

Croom Orthopaedic Hospital has 37 inpatient beds. It is a specialist hospital with elective orthopaedic services for adults and children. The hospital accepts the transfer of orthopaedic patients from UHL for post-acute care. It also provides rheumatology and pain management services.

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Ennis Hospital

Ennis Hospital has 50 inpatient beds. It provides day surgery and endoscopy.

The hospital's Injury Unit treats broken bones, dislocations, wounds, scalds and minor burns. The unit is open every day from 8am to 8pm. The unit can be contacted on 065 686 3121

The hospital's Medical Assessment Unit (MAU) treats patients referred by GPs and the Injury Unit. The MAU is open from 8am to 8pm, Monday to Friday and 9am to 6pm on Saturday and Sunday.

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Nenagh Hospital

Nenagh Hospital has 49 inpatient beds. The hospital has both inpatient and outpatient services and provides respiratory services. Day surgery and endoscopy are provided at the hospital.

The hospital's Injury Unit treats broken bones, dislocations, wounds, scalds and minor burns. The unit is open every day from 8am to 8pm. The unit can be contacted at 067 423 11.

The hospital's Medical Assessment Unit (MAU) treats patients referred by GPs and the Injury Unit. The MAU is open from 8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday.

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St John’s Hospital

St. John’s Hospital is an acute General Public Voluntary Hospital. It is a registered Charity and is governed by a Board. It is a service provider to the HSE under Section 38 of the Health Act 2004. The hospital has 89 inpatient beds and provides inpatient and outpatient services. It provides day surgery to patients.

The hospital's Injury Unit treats broken bones, dislocations, wounds, scalds and minor burns. The unit is open 7 days a week from 8am to 7pm. You can contact the unit by ringing 061 462 132

The hospital's Medical Assessment Unit (MAU) treats patients referred by GPs and the Injury Unit. The MAU is open from 8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday.

Read more about St John’s Hospital

How our hospitals work together

We work together as a group of hospitals to provide care to our patients. We care for our sickest patients in University Hospital Limerick (UHL).

When a patient presents to the Emergency Department in UHL, they are assessed. If a patient is very sick we will care for them at UHL. After initial treatment has started and when the patient has improved a little, it may be decided that we continue their care and treatment in Ennis, Nenagh or St. John’s Hospitals or it may be decided in the Emergency Department that the patient will get the most appropriate care from the outset in Ennis, Nenagh or St. John’s Hospitals.

The decision to transfer to another hospital will be made if the admitting consultant believes it is the best decision for our patient’s care.

Our team explains clearly what the patient can expect as part of their safe transfer. We arrange appropriate transport and organise necessary documentation and handover at the receiving hospital so that our patient is met and cared for.

While Ennis, Nenagh and St John’s are smaller hospital environments, they are acute hospitals and our patients continue to receive expert care from our expert teams.

The hospital you are going to will be appropriate for your care, the services and therapists will be appropriate for what you need at that time.

WATCH our video here (youtube.com), which explains how our hospitals work together.