Welcome to UL Hospitals



UL hospitals is a group of six hospitals in the Mid-West that offer a range of services – from accident and emergency departments and cancer and maternity care to inpatient and outpatient services, orthopedic services, and medical assessment. All the hospitals are run together to form a single hospital system across the six sites.

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UL Hospitals serve a population of some 400,000 people and its six clinical sites collectively, working as a single hospital system, provide about 750 acute hospital beds, delivering a comprehensive range of acute in-patient and ambulatory care services.  The range and the level of sophistication of services provided has improved significantly in recent years.  Many of the specialist and sub-specialist services provided at UL Hospitals are at least on a par with the country’s best.  However, UL Hospitals’ greatest asset is undoubtedly its 3,000-strong dedicated and highly professionalised workforce. 

Education and Research

Our academic partner is the University of Limerick (UL) and we have a number of staff who are appointed jointly by UL and ULH. We have a very dynamic education and research agenda and we aspire to be one of the top three university teaching hospitals in Ireland by 2018.


ULH has an interim Board of Directors pending the development of new legislation to establish a new legal entity. An Executive Management team led by the Chief Executive Officer is supported by four Clinical Directorates who are accountable for the day-to-day operation of the services across the sites.

Each Directorate has a management team bringing together clinical, nursing, financial, management and patient safety expertise under the chairmanship of a Clinical Director. The four Directorates are:

The directorates are responsible for the activities in relation to their areas of responsibilities across all the sites. There is one Model 4 hospital and three model 2 hospitals in ULH. There are also two single specialty hospitals.

The UL Hospitals

  • University Hospital Limerick is the Model 4 hospital for the region. It is where all critical care services are located in addition to a 24/7/365 Emergency Department and it is a designate cancer and PPCI centre.

  • University Maternity Hospital Limerick is a Specialist Hospital and is the sole provider of obstetric/midwifery and neonatology services in the Midwest region. The Hospital serves the counties of Limerick, Clare and Tipperary North Riding, catering for a population of approximately 360,000 people.
  • Croom Hospitalserves Limerick, Clare and North Tipperary as a Specialist Hospital with elective Orthopaedic services for adults and children.  Croom also accepts the transfer of Orthopaedic patients from UL Hospital for post acute care.  In addition to Orthopaedic services, Rheumatology and Pain Management services are provided. .
  • Ennis Hospital. Under the Acute Medicine Programme, Ennis Hospital`s Local Emergency Centre (12 hour emergency department service) has evolved into an Urgent Care Centre comprising of a local Injuries Unit and a Medical Assessment Unit since 8 July 2013.
  • Nenagh Hospital. Under the Acute Medicine Programme, Nenagh's Local Emergency Centre has evolved into a Local Injuries Unit and a Medical Assessment Unit since September 2012.
  • St John’s Hospital is an acute general public voluntary hospital in the centre of Limerick city providing a range of inpatient and outpatient services. The hospital is governed under a High Court approved Scheme of Management by a Management Committee appointed by the Board of Governors.