Tipperary patients urged to think twice about attending Limerick A&E due to high numbers

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Tipperary patients urged to think twice about attending Limerick A&E due to high numbers

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Tipperary people have been urged to consider other treatment options instead of attending the Emergency Department in University Hospital Limerick.

The hospital has been experiencing a high number of patients attending the ED in recent days.

"We have admitted a lot of seriously ill patients recently, many of who remain in the ED awaiting a bed," said a spokesperson for University Limerick Hospitals Group.

"We are asking people to think about all their care and treatment options and keep ED services for the patients who need them most," they said.

For example, many patients with limb injuries can go to an Injury Unit in Ennis, Nenagh or St John’s Hospital.  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.

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," they stressed.

According to this Thursday's Trolley Watch figures, University Hospital Limerick had 43 people waiting for a bed, ,with 11 in South Tipperray General Hospital; 38 in University Hospital Waterford, and 18 in Portloaise.

Nobody was waiting for a bed in Nenagh or Ennis general hospitals.