Updated Media Statement: UL Hospitals Group Weather Alert

This morning, Saturday 3rd March Met Eireann downgraded the weather warning to Orange for Munster.  UL Hospitals Group encourages people to take extreme care as they begin to go out and about to prevent slips, trips and falls.

The Emergency Department at UHL, Injury Units at Ennis, Nenagh and Medical Assessment Units at UHL, Ennis, Nenagh and St John’s are operating as normal over the weekend. The Maternity Emergency Unit at University Maternity Hospital Limerick will also continue to operate on a 24-hour basis.

The Group continues to work with National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC) to provide transport for some dialysis patients.

UL Hospitals Group would like to acknowledge the support we have been receiving from NEOC who continue to provide transport to essential staff.  Staff are being accommodated in hotels in Limerick, Clare and Tipperary and will do so again tonight if required.  In addition a number of staff who live distances from work made arrangements with family, friends and colleagues to stay with them so they are more local to the hospitals, enabling them to report for duty.

We continue to have staffing deficits across all our sites as staff are still stranded due to the weather, however we have adequate staffing cover across all our sites to deliver safe patient care.

The ED at UHL is very busy today and members of the public are urged to consider all their care options at this time and not to attend the Emergency Department unless necessary.

Injury Units are open in Ennis and Nenagh Hospitals from 8am to 8pm, Monday to Sunday and 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday at St. John's Hospital.  Injury Units can treat broken bones, dislocations, sprains, strains, wounds, scalds and minor burns.  Others with a less serious illness can be treated by their GP or out of hours GP service where their GP can refer them to an Assessment Unit the following day if required.

However, if you are seriously injured or ill or are worried your life is at risk the ED will assess and treat you as a priority.

UL Hospitals Group are running extra Trauma Clinics over the weekend and into early next week to treat increased trauma injuries anticipated as a result of severe weather.   All elective procedures scheduled for early next week are being reviewed in order to increase our capacity to care for the expected increase in admissions arising from slips/falls and respiratory or other medical conditions associated with the cold.  We will be contacting any patients affected by this rescheduling directly. 

At this stage UL Hospitals Group anticipates that all outpatient appointments scheduled for next week will run as normal.  If any patients are unable to travel to their appointments, they are asked to make contact with the hospitals directly on Monday to reschedule.

Keep up to date with on Twitter @ULHospitals and @HSELive and visit www.hse.ie/weatherwarning for all the latest regarding our services.

Last updated on: 03 / 03 / 2018