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Visiting Restrictions Continue At U.H.L. In Response To A COVID-19 Outbreak.

Since Tuesday last, October 5th, 2021, there have been an escalation of visiting restrictions at University Hospital Limerick (U.H.L.), latter the medical facility serving North Tipperary; as the facility continues to manage an outbreak of Covid-19, same currently affecting 4 of their inpatient wards.

As a necessary precautionary measure; following a meeting of the Hospital Crisis Management Team last Tuesday, visiting restrictions have now been extended to all inpatient wards.

Restrictions on visits to the Emergency Department, Acute Surgical Assessment Unit, and Acute Medical Assessment Unit at UHL also remain strictly in force.

Hospital management sincerely regret any inconvenience this current ban on routine visiting causes for patients. Their outbreak control team continues to review the situation on a daily basis and hospital management has decided it is now necessary to impose these measures, in the interests of patient safety and keeping essential services open for all patients.

However, there are some exceptions to this visiting ban and same are published here as follows: –

  • Parents visiting children in hospital.
  • People assisting confused patients (e.g. dementia based on a case-by-case basis)
  • Compassionate grounds (e.g. for patients who are critically unwell or at end of life, again on a case-by-case basis).

All these exemptions are limited strictly to one person per patient only.
In cases where these exemptions apply, the facility strongly recommends that members of the public are fully vaccinated against Covid-19, before visiting U.H.L. to minimise any risks to patients and to other visitors themselves.

U.H.L. are also appealing to members of the public not to visit patients outdoors on the grounds of the facility, as such interaction can also present a Covid-19 transmission risk.

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