For Medical Practitioners use only

This page offers information on our services and initiatives available to GPs.

GP forum

We recognise the need for good collaboration between hospitals and primary care. We also recognise the need for high quality and safe services to be available to patients at all times. The GP Forum allows discussions about issues that are common to both primary and acute care. The forum takes place quarterly.
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Feedback welcome

We are always improving how we do our business and how we engage with all our partners including GPs. We welcome all GP feedback. This helps us to recognise where we need to make improvements and if changes we make have a positive effect. Please do contact us on:

Bed Bureau

The Bed Bureau is available to GPs for:

Medical Assessment Unit (MAU) appointments. Patients with acute medical conditions may be referred by their GP to a MAU. These patients will not need access to critical care. GPs can contact case managers for the MAU to arrange an appointment at the appropriate MAU in Ennis, Nenagh, St John’s or UHL.  This service is available 24/7.
Acute Surgical Assessment Unit (ASAU) appointments. The ASAU in UHL provides a rapid access facility for acute surgical conditions in patients such as breast, general surgical or vascular, over the age of 16 who have been assessed by a medical practitioner.  The ASAU is open Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays) from 8am to 8pm. 
Bed Bureau contact tel061 585858 

E-Referrals and Centralised Referral Management System

E-Referrals and a Centralised Referral Management System for outpatient referrals are available at UL Hospitals.  This is a secure, fast and traceable way of sending referrals to our consultant services.  GPs may submit a referral using Healthlink. Referrals are emailed to the hospital. GPs immediately receive acknowledgment of receipt. Once the consultant has reviewed and clinically graded the referral, it is updated on Healthlink. Healthlink services are free of charge to all GP practices.  Healthlink also ensures the transfer of clinical information from our hospitals to GPs. This includes lab results, radiology reports, discharge notifications, discharge summaries, death notifications, OPD updates, emergency department attendances, waiting list updates.

UL Hospitals has a Centralised Referral Management System. It accepts outpatient referrals for all specialities including Dermatology (National Cancer Control Programme) NCCP referrals.   All other NCCP referrals are received by the relevant specialities.  We manage the following specialities centrally: Dermatology, Gastroenterology, General Surgery, Neurology, Ophthalmology, Orthopaedics, Pain Relief, Plastic Surgery, Urology, Vascular Surgery, Respiratory Medicine, Otolaryngology (ENT).

GPs may contact the central referrals office by email:

Laboratory User Manual and Guidance Documents

The laboratory user manuals and laboratory guidance documents of Ennis Hospital, Nenagh Hospital and University Hospital Limerick (UHL) are controlled in accordance with the UL Hospitals pathology quality Management system requirements. The amendments for the laboratory user manuals are outlined in the amendment table in each hospital laboratory user manual.

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Referral Forms

The DESMOND programme

DESMOND stands for Diabetes Education and Self-Management for Ongoing and Newly Diagnosed

DESMOND provides information on:

  • what is happening in the body with diabetes
  • treatments available
  • complications and how to prevent them
  • information about food choices
  • support on how to make lifestyle changes and self- manage diabetes

 What’s involved?

We invite a small group of people with type 2 diabetes (newly diagnosed or existing) to attend the DESMOND group of up to 12 people.  The programme consists of two half day sessions.  Health professional educators provide accurate, up to date, evidence based information.  GPs, Nurses, other health care professionals can refer as well as self–referrals.

Developmental dysplasia of the hip

  • Developmental dysplasia of the hips (DDH) is a cause of disability in children and young adults. DDH can be detected up to three months of age by a specific physical examination by a trained
  • healthcare professional and confirmed by an ultrasound. GPs and Community Health Doctors in the Midwest can complete the attached form which asks specific questions to determine whether the infant is eligible for screening. This examination is time sensitive and must be performed between 6-12 weeks of age, after 12 weeks it is no longer satisfactory.
  • Nenagh Radiology department is the only department in the group that offers this service.  All referrals must come to Nenagh Radiology department.

Ultrasound Referral for Suspected Infant Developmental Dysplasis of the Hip