The UL Hospitals Group has this afternoon announced further visiting restrictions at the region’s main hospital as they manage an outbreak of COVID-19.
Three wards at University Hospital Limerick are affected and as a precautionary measure, visiting is to be restricted on all inpatient wards.
Restrictions on visits to the Emergency Department, Acute Surgical Assessment Unit and Acute Medical Assessment Unit at the Dooradoyle facility also remain in force.
Exceptions to the restrictions apply to parents visiting children in hospital, those who are assisting confused patients, assessed on a case-by-case basis, and those who are visiting patients who are critically unwell or are at end of life, also assessed on a case-by-case basis.
Statement from UL Hospitals Group:
UL Hospitals Group regrets to announce visiting restrictions at University Hospital Limerick as we manage an outbreak of Covid-19.
Three wards are currently affected; however, as a precautionary measure, we are now restricting visiting on all inpatient wards at UHL. Restrictions on visits to the Emergency Department, Acute Surgical Assessment Unit, and Acute Medical Assessment Unit at UHL also remain in force.
We regret any inconvenience this visiting ban causes for patients and their loved ones. Our outbreak control team has convened and hospital management has decided it is now necessary to impose these measures in the interests of patient safety and keeping essential services open for all our patients.
We wish to reassure patients and their loved ones that all appropriate infection control precautions are being followed to minimise the risk of spreading infection among staff and patients within our health facilities, and also within the wider community.
The only exceptions to the visiting ban are:
- Parents visiting children in hospital
- People assisting confused patients (e.g. dementia) (on a case-by-case basis)
- People visiting patients who are critically unwell or at end of life (on a case-by-case basis)
All these exemptions are limited to one person per patient only.
We are also appealing to members of the public not to visit their relatives/loved ones outdoors on the grounds of the hospital as this can also present a Covid-19 transmission risk.