THE UL Hospitals Group has urged the public to keep the emergency department “for patients who need them most”, amid major overcrowding at University Hospital Limerick.
It has, however, urged people who are “worried your life is at risk” to attend the new €25m ED.
According to figures published by Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation this week, there were 54 patients and 49 patients being treated on trolleys on Monday and Tuesday.
A spokesperson for the group said that the ED at UHL “has been very busy over the last few days.
“We have admitted a lot of seriously ill patients recently, many of whom 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.”
The spokesperson said that patients with limb injuries can avail of services at the local injury units in Ennis, Nenagh or St John’s Hospital.
St John’s Hospital is open 8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday.
“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 a Medical Assessment Unit (MAU) the following day if required. The MAU in Ennis is open from 8am to 6pm, Mon to Fri and from 10am to 6pm on Sat and Sun. In addition there are MAUs in Nenagh and St. John's, operating 5 days a week, 8am to 6pm.”
The spokesperson added: “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.”