A total of 16 patients have been moved to alternative locations at University Hospital Limerick this Tuesday morning after three wards were flooded following the accidental piercing of a water main during construction work.
A statement from the HSe said thatn no patients were injured and the hospital continued to function.
Engineers are accessing the damage, which took place during construction of a multistorey block being built to house a new breast treatment unit and new facilities for cystic fibrosis, Parkinsons and dermatology.
A hospital spokesperson said: “Removing 16 beds from the system poses obvious difficulties but we are satisfied that all patients are being looked after and we are now appealing to the public and to all GPs in the region for their co-operation in this emergency. Nobody should attend the hospital save in a case of genuine emergency.”