Easing of visitor restrictions at Limerick Hospital

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VISITOR restrictions at University Hospital Limerick (UHL) are being gradually relaxed from today with the exception of 1B, 1D and the Trauma Ward, which remain under Covid outbreak management.

Scheduled visiting slots for one visitor per patient are available on all other wards and must be booked through the hospital’s online booking system here

The booking system should also be checked regularly for updates in relation to the reopening of visiting on wards 1B, 1D and Trauma.

A spokesman for the UL Hospitals Group said that the priority was to keep all patients and staff safe, and to ensure that the hospital’s essential services can remain open.

“The decision is being reviewed daily, and the affected wards will be opened as soon as it is safe to do so,” he added.

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Visiting hours are from 2pm to 4pm and 6pm to 9pm every day, and ward staff will assist with any queries about the booking system. Visitors will have to wear a face mask, which are available at the hospital entrance, and observe hand hygiene and complete a Covid questionnaire.

Anyone who is feeling unwell is asked not to visit the hospital.

Visiting restrictions are also in place for the Emergency Department, Acute Surgical Assessment Unit, and Acute Medical Assessment Unit.

The only exceptions are:
• parents visiting children in hospital
• people assisting confused patients; for example, dementia
• visiting patients who are critically unwell or at end of life

Exemptions are limited to one person per patient and will be looked at on a case by case basis. It is strongly recommend that visitors are fully vaccinated against Covid.

Outdoor visits in the grounds of the hospital are not recommended as this can also present a Covid transmission risk.