Visitor restrictions reimposed at Limerick hospital

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VISITING restrictions are being reimposed at University Hospital Limerick (UHL) today because of very high levels of Covid positive patients in the hospital and the high level of community transmission.

A spokeswoman for the UL Hospitals Group said that they regretted the imposition of visiting restrictions so soon after they has started to lift them after a previous Covid outbreak.

“The decision has been taken to help keep all patients and staff safe, and to ensure that the hospital’s essential services can remain open at this time,” she explained.

The only exceptions to the visitor ban are for parents visiting children in hospital, people assisting confused patients or those 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.

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“In cases where exemptions apply, we strongly recommend that visitors are fully vaccinated against Covid before coming to the hospital, to minimise risks to themselves, our patients and staff.

“We advise also that people should not visit relatives or loved ones outdoors in the grounds of the hospital, as this can also present a Covid transmission risk,” the spokeswoman added.