This Sunday afternoon, University Hospital Limerick issued new visiting restrictions to “handle an epidemic of Covid-19”.
Three wards are currently affected, according to UL Hospitals Group.
“As a precaution, we have now restricted visiting on all UHL inpatient units. Visits to UHL’s Emergency Department, Surgical Assessment Unit, and Medical Assessment Unit are still restricted.
“We apologise for any inconvenience caused to patients and their families. Our outbreak control team met, and hospital management agreed that these steps were required for patient safety and to keep key services open for all patients “a spokesman said
All appropriate infection control measures are being taken to prevent the danger of illness spreading among personnel and patients within our health facilities, as well as throughout the wider community, says UL Hospitals Group.
The only exceptions are parents visiting their children in hospital, those assisting confused patients (e.g. dementia), and people visiting very ill or dying patients (on a case-by-case basis)
“All of these exemptions are patient-specific.
In addition, the spokesman advised against visiting loved ones outside the hospital since this poses a danger of Covid-19 spread.