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UHL asks patients to avoid Emergency Department

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UNIVERSITY  Hospital Limerick is asking patients to consider other treatment options before travelling to the Emergency Department.

A spokesperson for University Hospital Limerick said they have been experiencing a high number of patients attending the ED in recent days.

“We have admitted a lot of seriously ill patients recently, many of who 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 added.

UHL asked those with limb injuries etc. to go to an Injury Unit in Ennis, Nenagh or St John’s Hospital.

Injury Units are open in Ennis and Nenagh Hospitals from 8am to 8pm, Monday to Sunday and 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday at St. John’s Hospital.

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 an Assessment Unit the following day if required.

“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,” the spokesperson added.

Stuart Holly is the editor and co-founder of The Clare Echo. A native of Ennis, Stuart studied at St Flannan's College before obtaining a journalism degree in Dublin. After interning at The Evening Herald, he landed his first job with The Irish Daily Mail, Stuart worked in newspaper production with the Independent Group and in Auckland, New Zealand before a lengthy spell as a pun-spewing sub-editor at the Irish Daily Star. In 2015, Stuart returned to The Banner County where he took up employment as a news reporter with The Clare People.

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