University Hospital Limerick warns of 'high volumes' presenting at A&E

The emergency department at University Hospital Limerick

The emergency department at University Hospital Limerick

THE UL Hospitals Group has warned of “high volumes” of patients presenting at A&E at the University Hospital Limerick.

A spokesperson said UHL is “experiencing a high number of patients attending the emergency department (ED) in recent days.

“We have admitted a lot of seriously ill patients recently, many of who remain in the ED awaiting a bed. We are asking people to think about all their care and treatment options and keep ED services for the patients who need them most. However, if you are seriously injured or ill or are worried your life is at risk the ED will assess and treat you as a priority."

It comes as INMO figures show there are 48 people on trolleys at the hospital this Wednesday.

The UL Hospitals Group has advised patients with limb injuries to go an Injury Unit in Ennis, Nenagh or St John’s Hospital. Injury Units are open in Ennis and Nenagh Hospitals from 8am to 8pm, Monday to Sunday and 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday at St. John's Hospital.

“Others with a less serious illness can be treated by their GP or out of hours GP service where their GP can refer them to an Assessment Unit the following day if required,” said the spokesperson.