No intensive care beds available at Limerick hospital

AS it faced into another surge in Covid cases, there were no intensive care or high dependency beds available in University Hospital Limerick (UHL) yesterday.
According to latest available figures published by the Health Service Executive (HSE), there were 70 confirmed Covid patients at UHL, the second highest of any hospital in the country behind Galway University Hospital which had 82 Covid patients.
As of January 15, there were no intensive care or high dependency beds available in UHL, Wexford, Tullamore, Tipperary, St Vincent’s, St James’s, Portiuncula, Mayo, Mater, Kilkenny, Drogheda, Connolly and Cavan hospitals.
The HSE figures were published hours before the UL Hospitals Group announced visitor restrictions at UHL following an outbreak of Covid-19 in three wards.
A spokeswoman said she did not immediately have information about how many Covid cases had been identified in the outbreak as it was an “evolving situation”.