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Patients asked to consider other options before going to the Emergency Department in UHL

PATIENTS with less urgent healthcare needs are asked to attend Injury Units and consider all other healthcare options before attending the Emergency Department (ED) at University Hospital Limerick (UHL).

Today, Wednesday, September 27, the department is currently managing very high emergency attendances and admissions.

With 269 ED attendances on Tuesday, September 26 and 276 on Monday, September 25, the hospital is in a high state of escalation.

People whose healthcare needs are less than acute will face long waits in ED as the teams work to prioritise elderly patients and those in need of immediate emergency care.

UHL apologise to all patients who are experiencing long waits for an inpatient bed at this very busy time. 

UHL are working to the Group’s Escalation Framework in a continued effort to create surge capacity and maximise inpatient beds across our sites, and balance the high demand for emergency care with the safe delivery of time-critical and other elective activity.

Anyone with a serious injury or unexpected illness should attend ED or call 999/112. 

Those who are less than acutely unwell should first consider the Injury Units in Ennis, Nenagh or St John’s Hospitals, as well as GPs, out-of-hours GP services and their local pharmacies.

Opening hours for Ennis and Nenagh Injury Units are 8am-8pm, and St John’s Injury Unit 8am-7pm. 

For information and contact details for the units, go to the HSE website at HERE.

Additional ward rounding is ongoing in UHL so that appropriate patients can be discharged or transferred to Ennis, Nenagh and St John’s Hospital. 

UHL are also working with our colleagues in HSE Mid West Community Healthcare in order to further expedite suitable discharges home or to community care beds.