AS levels of respiratory illnesses continue to decline, visitor access University Hospital Limerick (UHL) was restored today with strict restrictions in place.
Visits have to be booked through an online booking system and are limited to one visitor per patient per day.
In a statement issued this morning, a spokesman for the University of Limerick Hospitals Group said that the transmission of respiratory illness, including Covid-19, remains at a level that they must take every precaution to keep patients and staff safe from the threat of infection.
“Visiting hours at UHL are 2 to 4 and 6 to 9pm daily, and must be booked here. Visits are limited to one visitor per patient per day, in line with public health guidelines and infection prevention and control.
“Visiting restrictions remain in place in the hospital’s Emergency Department, Acute Surgical Assessment Unit, and Acute Medical Assessment Unit.
“The only exceptions in those areas are:parents visiting children in hospital; people assisting confused patients;compassionate grounds. All exemptions will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.
Visitors must adhere to basic public health safety measures to prevent transmission of Covid-19 in healthcare settings by wearing a face mask, which are available at the hospital entrance, and observing hand hygiene.
“We recommend that any visitor to UHL or any of our hospitals is fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before accessing our sites,” the spokesman added.