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Outpatients urged not to attend the hospital unless contacted beforehand

TUESDAY MAY 25th, 2021 | Services across UL Hospitals Group, including scheduled care across the Group’s six hospital sites, continue to be adversely impacted by the cyber-attack on HSE IT systems.

All outpatient clinics, including paediatric outpatient appointments, are cancelled until further notice. People should not attend the hospital unless they are contacted directly about an appointment.

All elective inpatient and day case procedures have also been cancelled, with the exception of time-critical cases. Those patients will be contacted directly in advance of their procedures.

Patients whose urgent appointments are going ahead should bring with them any hospital records, documentation, medication details, or appointment letters that have their healthcare record numbers: this will assist staff with charting and tracking their treatment at this time.

These disruptions, and others outlined below, are continuing across all the UL Hospitals Group sites, including:

  • University Hospital Limerick
  • University Maternity Hospital Limerick
  • Ennis Hospital
  • Nenagh Hospital
  • St John’s Hospital
  • Croom Orthopaedic Hospital

Other cancellations include endoscopy services and all diagnostics, including X-Ray, CT scans, MRI appointments and cardiac investigations.

All routine cancer review appointments at the Mid-Western Cancer Centre are also cancelled until further notice. Anyone scheduled for an urgent review appointment for haematology or oncology should contact 061-482900 for further information.

Only urgent and time-sensitive colposcopy appointments are going ahead at University Maternity Hospital Limerick (UMHL). All women with colposcopy appointments should make contact with us on 061-483111 before attending UMHL, so we can confirm the appointment will go ahead as scheduled.

Patients are advised to pay attention to updates as we expect that services are likely to be further disrupted early next week.

Updates on service disruptions will be posted to the HSE Service Disruption Website at https://www2.hse.ie/services/hospital-service-disruptions/hse-it-system-cyber-attack.html and on the following Twitter accounts @ulhospitals and @hselive and we encourage patients to check on these sites for the most up to date information.

We apologise to patients who are experiencing delays and disruptions to our services as a result of the cyber-attack.