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University Hospital Limerick A&E Opens Today

The long-awaited Accident & Emergency (A&E) department at University Hospital Limerick (UHL) has opened its doors to patients for the first time this morning. This new facility will continue to serve the Mid West Region, an area spanning 8,248 km², and which takes in the geographical borders of the combined counties of North Tipperary, Clare, & Limerick.

Grave doubts were cast over the opening of this €24m facility last week when the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) justifiably raised concerns about staffing levels and other measures in place to tackle trolley numbers.

However, following a meeting on Friday last, it is understood that nurses concerns in relation to the immediate appointment of a clinical skills facilitator, as well as resolutions in issues relating to staff rosters and CT scans, were satisfactorily addressed.

Back in November 2016 UHL set a new record for overcrowding for a single hospital, with some 66 patients waiting for admission to its emergency department.

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1 comment to University Hospital Limerick A&E Opens Today

  • John

    It’s definitely a more comfortable setting for a certain amount of patients, particularly ‘Step Down’ and CDU patients in the department. However there’s still 30 odd patients lying on trolleys which hasn’t changed much from the old A & E. The beds just aren’t there. Also the internal waiting area for walking patients doesn’t have enough seating, as 10-15 people can be standing at any given time. The external waiting area at reception seems to have too many seats, while the internal one does not – this was badly thought out.

    I think the last line in the article though should read “waiting for admission to a ward from the Emergency Department”.

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