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Visiting ban at Limerick hospital

University Hospital Limerick

University Hospital Limerick

 

A BAN on visitors at University Hospital Limerick was due to be reviewed by the Health Service Executive (HSE) later today.

The ban, which was in place throughout the Bank Holiday weekend, was introduced following a suspected outbreak of Norovirus, which is commonly known as the Winter vomiting bug.

Visiting to all wards at UHL is prohibited with the exception of critically ill patients.

“In the interests of patient care and as a precaution, a ban on visiting is in place at the University Hospital Limerick with immediate effect due to a suspected outbreak of Norovirus,” said the HSE in a statement.

Until the ban is lifted, only parents and guardians will be permitted in the Children’s Ark and children should be kept away from all areas of the hospital.

“The hospital regrets this inconvenience but it is necessary at this time to prevent the spread of these illnesses to both patients and staff and we would like to thank patients and the public for their cooperation,” said a HSE spokesperson who added that the ban will remain in place for at least 72 hours following any confirmed case of the virus at the hospital.

Members of the public are being asked to cooperate with the restrictions and any queries regarding visiting should be made directly to the relevant ward.

 

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