An adverse impact of services across UL Hospitals Group including Ennis Hospital continues due to the ransomware attack on the IT systems of the HSE.
Widespread cancellations will result in scheduled care at Ennis Hospital, University Hospital Limerick, University Maternity Hospital Limerick, Nenagh Hospital, St John’s Hospital and Croom Orthopaedic Hospital from Tuesday.
All outpatient clinics are cancelled as are all elective inpatient and day case procedures, this is with the exception of time-critical cases and these patients will be called directly in advance. All diagnostics including x-ray, CT scans, MRI appointments and cardiac investigations are cancelled along with endoscopy services.
Dialysis treatment, maternity services including the ante-natal clinic, the cancer day ward (chemotherapy and radiotherapy), the acute fracture unit at UHL plus vaccination centres at the West County Hotel, Radisson Blu Hotel and Abbey Court Hotel will continue to run as normal.
UHL’s emergency department will continue to operate on a 24/7 basis but according to a spokesperson remains very busy. Members of the public are reminded to consider all care options (GP, GP out-of-hours, pharmacy, Injury Unit) and only attend the ED in an emergency.
Injury Units are operating in Ennis Hospital and Nenagh Hospital and are open from 8am to 8pm and St John’s Hospital from 8am to 7pm. The Maternity Emergency Unit is available 24-7 and the Early Pregnancy Assessment Unit continues to operate an appointment only service.
Further disruptions to services are anticipated as the week progresses. Updates on service disruptions will be posted to the HSE Service Disruption Website https://www2.hse.ie/services/hospital-service-disruptions/hse-it-system-cyber-attack.html and via Twitter (@ulhospitals).