45 Covid-19 patients being treated at University Hospital Limerick

45 Covid-19 patients being treated at University Hospital Limerick

A TOTAL of 45 patients suspected to have with Covid-19 are being treated at University Hospital Limerick, figures from the HSE reveal.

The statistic accounts for the situation up to 8pm last night. Some 34 are confirmed to have the flu-like condition in the Dooradoyle hospital, while 45 are waiting for results, and are being kept in isolation.

Last night, it was reported there were a further 36 confirmed cases of Covid-in Limerick, bringing the total number to 343 here.

It comes as figures from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) show that there are 44 more deaths from the condition in Ireland, and 709 more confirmed cases.

All this comes as St John's Hospital announces it cannot take patient transfers due to a number of staff testing positive for coronavirus, or coming into contact with Covid-19 patients.

As well as Covid19-related admissions, the hospital has seen an increasing number of medical and surgical admissions which are not related to the virus in recent days.

This follows a number of weeks in which there was a significant reduction in the number of patients presenting with non-Covid related complaints.

While UL Hospitals Group says it is positive that these patients are now seeking medical attention, many are sicker because of delays in doing so and they will require a longer stay in hospital.

St John’s Hospital is currently unable to accept transfers from UHL as a considerable number of staff are off work after testing positive for, or coming into contact with confirmed cases of COVID-19.

This is also impacting bed capacity and patient flow.

Management in St John’s are working to ensure a timely return to work for these staff so that the hospital is available to accept transfers from UHL as soon as possible.

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