The UL Hospitals Group has announced a visiting ban for all of its hospitals, including Ennis.
While not directly linking the move with the outbreak of the coronavirus, the hospital says the move is to minimise the spread of infection and in the interests of patient safety.
There are some exemptions, for one person per patient only, including visitors to patients who are children, in critical care or at the end of their lives, and also to partners of women in the Maternity Hospital.
A similar move has been implemented by Nursing Homes Ireland for its members.
Earlier it was confirmed that a number of staff at UHL have been asked to self-isolate, following confirmation of four cases of Coronavirus there in the past week.
Media Release: UL Hospitals Group Imposes Visitor Ban Across All Six Sites
– Measures Necessary to Minimise Spread of Infection
(LIMERICK: 06.03.20): UL Hospitals Group has announced a visiting ban on all six of its sites as a precautionary measure in the interests of patient safety.
The sites affected are University Hospital Limerick, University Maternity Hospital Limerick, St John’s Hospital, Nenagh Hospital, Ennis Hospital and Croom Orthopaedic Hospital.
We regret any distress or inconvenience these extraordinary measures will cause to patients and their loved ones. These measures are being taken in order to minimise any spread of infection within our hospital sites.
These measures are in place until further notice and are being reviewed on a daily basis.
The only exceptions to the ban are as follows:
– Parents visiting children in hospital
– Partners of women attending University Maternity Hospital Limerick
– People visiting patients at end-of-life
– People assisting confused patients (e.g. dementia)
– People visiting patients in Critical Care
The above exemptions are limited to one person per patient only.
Please note that the ban on visitors also applies to patients attending the Emergency Department at University Hospital Limerick and the Injury Units in Ennis, Nenagh and St John’s. We are appealing to members of the public to co-operate with these necessary restrictions.
We are also urging the public to keep the Emergency Department for emergencies only; a place where priority is given to the seriously injured and ill and those whose lives may be at risk. Anyone else should first consider all the care options available to them in them in their own communities, their family doctors, out-of-hours GP services, or ask their local pharmacies for advice.
Local Injury Units (LIUs) at Ennis and Nenagh Hospitals (8am-8pm daily), and St John’s Hospital (8am-6pm, Monday to Friday) are an excellent option for treatment of broken bones, dislocations, sprains, strains, wounds, scalds and minor burns, without the lengthy wait that can be expected in the ED during busy periods.