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Continued high attendances at UHL Emergency Department

Lengthy delays today for people with less urgent care needs

LIMERICK 23.11.2022 | The Emergency Department (ED) at University Hospital Limerick continues to see very high volumes of patients, and members of the public are advised to consider all alternatives before attending ED.

Over Monday and Tuesday this week, daily attendances at the ED averaged 246, compared with 205 on the equivalent days last year. This has followed a busy weekend at the department.

This Wednesday, we are caring for a large number of frail, elderly patients, children, and other patients with complex care needs. People with less urgent care needs are advised to expect long delays at the ED.

We are working to ensure that care is prioritised for the sickest patients. As part of our escalation plan, additional ward rounds, accelerated discharges and identification of patients for transfer to Ennis, Nenagh and St John’s hospitals are all underway.

Patients who are seriously ill or injured or worried that their life is in danger must continue to attend the ED where they will be treated as a priority.

Less acutely unwell patients are asked to first consider our Injury Units, GPs, out-of-hours GP services and pharmacists before attending ED.

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. For full contacts for the units, and the services available there, please see:

We apologise to every patient who is currently experiencing a long wait for admission at UHL, and for the inconvenience and frustration this also causes for patients’ loved ones.