Strict visiting restrictions have been put in place at University Hospital Limerick following an outbreak of the norovirus (winter vomiting bug).
As norovirus is also currently present in the community and can be carried in to the hospital by patients or visitors, it is necessary with immediate effect to restrict visiting at UHL to critically unwell patients. Parents visiting children are unaffected by the restrictions but are advised not to bring siblings.
We regret any inconvenience caused to patients and relatives by these necessary measures, which are being taken in the interests of patient care.
As of 12 noon on Thursday (December 8th) four cases have been confirmed and another five patients are symptomatic. In addition, a number of staff are on sick leave after reporting gastrointestinal symptoms.
All infection control measures are in place and every effort is being made to manage and contain the spread of the virus. Patients are being isolated and cohorted as appropriate and a number of beds have been closed to admissions in accordance with IP&C protocols. This is expected impact on bed capacity over the coming days as the situation is managed.
People with symptoms including abdominal pain and nausea; followed by diarrhoea and/or vomiting are advised to contact their GP by phone in the first instance and avoid presenting at the Emergency Department at UHL.