A BURST watermain has this Tuesday morning flooded three wards at University Hospital Limerick, forcing the evacuation and relocation of 16 patients.
This has caused additional pressure on the system at a time of year when the hospital traditionally gets very busy and the HSE has appealed for persons not to attend unless there is a “genuine emergency”.
Nobody was injured during the incident and engineers are assessing the water damage this Tuesday afternoon.
The watermain was accidentally pierced during construction work on the new multi-storey block which is being jointly developed by a number of charities for cystic fibrosis, Parkinsons, dermatology and breast cancer patients.
“Removing 16 beds from the system poses obvious difficulties but we are satisfied that all patients are being looked after and we are now appealing to the public and to all GPs in the region for their co-operation in this emergency. Nobody should attend the hospital save in a case of genuine emergency,” the spokesman said.