‘One of the highest levels ever recorded’: University Hospital Limerick’s urgent appeal to patients

‘Urgent appeal’: University Hospital Limerick

‘Urgent appeal’: University Hospital Limerick

UNIVERSITY Hospital Limerick had “one of the highest levels ever” of patients attending the emergency department this week.

In an urgent appeal this Thursday, the UL Hospitals Group is asking patients to consider their care options and to only attend the emergency department in the event of a serious injury.

In the 24-hour period between Wednesday 8am and Thursday 8am, there were 261 patients attending the emergency department at UHL, “one of the highest levels ever recorded”, a spokesperson said.

This follows 24 hours of strike action this week, as the emergency department faced increased pressure on Tuesday and early Wednesday morning.

A spokesperson said in a statement this Thursday morning:

“As members of the INMO commence 24 hours of industrial action from 8am, UL Hospitals continue to work with the INMO to secure the safest possible level of nursing and midwifery cover in our hospitals during the period of the strike and contingency arrangements are in place.

“UL Hospitals Group expects that the ED will be busy throughout the day and is reminding members of the public to consider all their care options before presenting to the department.”

As part of strike action this Thursday, all injury units in the Mid-West are closed until Friday 8am.

“Members of the public with a less serious illness can be treated by their GP or out of hours GP service.  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.”

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