University Limerick Hospitals Group issue statement on industrial action

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University Hospital Limerick

“UL Hospitals Group regrets that industrial action planned by SIPTU tomorrow, Wednesday, June 26th will have a significant impact on services for patients.

Patients should attend scheduled outpatient appointments as planned, unless they have been directly advised otherwise by the hospital. However, a significant number of outpatient appointments at University Hospital Limerick and University Maternity Hospital Limerick have been cancelled and will be rescheduled.

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Dialysis clinics and oncology and haematology clinics will go ahead as usual on Wednesday at UHL. Antenatal clinics at University Maternity Hospital Limerick will also go ahead.

Significant disruption to elective surgical services in the three affected hospitals (UHL, UMHL and Croom Orthopaedic Hospital) is also unavoidable. All endoscopy and bronchoscopy procedures have been cancelled at UHL. Theatres will continue to operate for emergency cases and for a small number of urgent elective cases.

Patients whose planned surgery or day case procedure is being affected are being contacted directly by the hospital.

Please note that all services at Ennis Hospital, Nenagh Hospital and St John’s Hospital will operate as normal during the 24-hour strike.

Our Injury Units in Ennis and Nenagh are open from 8am to 8pm and from 8am to 6pm at St John’s. Injury Units are for the treatment of broken bones, dislocations, sprains strains, wounds, scalds and minor burns. More information on Injury Units is available here

Emergency services (including the Emergency Department at UHL and the Maternity Emergency Unit at UMHL) will continue to operate during this Wednesday’s action.

The strike is due to begin at 8am on Wednesday June 26th and to conclude at 8am on Thursday, June 27th.

UL Hospitals Group is working with SIPTU on contingency planning and on ensuring essential care is delivered.

However, significant disruption is expected given the scale of the action, which involves essential support staff.

Limited catering services will be provided on Thursday. Regrettably many patients will be served soup/sandwiches/salads rather than a full meal service. Special arrangements are in place for patients with specific dietary requirements.”