02 Oct 2022

Staff shortages force closure of injury unit at Limerick hospital

UL Hospitals confirmed an admin error caused a pain relief outpatient waiting list to double at St John’s Hospital

In a post on social media, the hospital said the unplanned closure is due to what it says are "short-term staffing deficits".

PATIENTS with minor injuries which require medical attention are being advised the injury unit at St John's Hospital in Limerick city will remain closed for the rest of the day.

In a post on social media, the hospital said the unplanned closure is due to what it described as "short-term staffing deficits".

Patients are being advised that the emergency department at University Hospital Limerick remains open for emergencies and that the injury units at Ennis and Nenagh Hospitals are also open.

"We would advise patients with minor injuries to attend Nenagh or Ennis Injury Units, both which are open until 8pm this evening. Please only present to the Emergency Department at UHL in the event of an emergency," read a post in Twitter.

Services at St John's Hospital are set to resume, as normal at 8am on Wednesday.

Any inconvenience caused by the closure is regretted.

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