UL Hospitals Group can confirm that all outpatient appointments will go ahead as planned across all our hospital sites tomorrow Monday 5th March.
Urgent electives and day case surgery will go ahead, but some curtailment of non-urgent elective procedures will be necessary over the coming days. All patients affected have been contacted and their appointments will be rescheduled.
Patients should only attend their appointments if it is safe for them to travel. For those unable to travel, we ask that they call the contact number on their appointment letter tomorrow to inform the hospital.
Appointments which were cancelled last Thursday and Friday are in the process of being rescheduled and patients will receive new appointment letters in the coming week.
UL Hospitals would like to thank most sincerely staff who went over and above to continue to deliver patient care during some very challenging days. We would also like to acknowledge the support of National Ambulance Service, the Defence Forces, the Gardaí and Civil Defence and all voluntary organisations in assisting with emergency transportation of patients and staff.
Our hospitals have been busy over the weekend, particularly the ED in UHL, and we expect that to continue over the coming days. We expect to see an increase in emergency department attendances and this is likely to result in delayed admissions and resultant increase in waiting times in our ED. We ask for our patients and their families understanding as we still face challenges over the coming week.
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.
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Last updated on: 04 / 03 / 2018