UHL Emergency Department under pressure

UHL Emergency Department under pressure


Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

The University of Limerick Hospitals Group (ULHG) is asking the public to consider other appropriate options before presenting the Emergency Department at UHL.

In a statement, ULHG said: “The Emergency Department (ED) at University Hospital Limerick (UHL) has been experiencing higher levels of attendance than normal than since the weekend (23rd and 24th of February) and is currently extremely busy.

UL Hospitals Group is appealing to members of the public to please consider all their care options before presenting to the ED at UHL.

Members of the public 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 if required.”

A spokesman 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.

Our Injury Units in Ennis, Nenagh and St. John’s Hospitals are open from 8am to 8pm, and St John’s is open from 8am to 6pm. Injury Units are for the treatment of broken bones, dislocations, sprains strains, wounds, scalds and minor burns. More information on our Injury Units is available here.”

“We apologise to any patients who are experiencing long waits and we appreciate your co-operation while we prioritise treatment of the sickest patients attending our hospital,” the spokesman added.

Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.