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Industrial action will have ‘significant impact’ on medical services at Nenagh Hospital

ByMadeleine J. Pierce

May 18, 2022

UL Hospitals Group is preparing for significant service disruptions and delays at its six hospital sites today, Wednesday, May 18, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., due to planned nationwide industrial action by members of the Medical Laboratory Scientists Association (MLSA).

The industrial action has resulted in the cancellation of many elective inpatient and outpatient procedures as well as some outpatient appointments scheduled for Wednesday in the Midwest and across the country. UL Hospitals Group has contacted all patients who will be affected directly.

Outpatient appointments that do not require a blood test are continuing, and anyone who has an appointment for Wednesday and has not been contacted should show up as scheduled. Details of the cancellation of services across the country, hospital by hospital, will be constantly updated on the HSE website at Hospital disruptions due to MLSA industrial action – HSE.ie

Essential services at University Hospital Limerick (UHL), including oncology and dialysis, will remain open. The hospital’s emergency department (ED) will also remain open, but we anticipate that patients with non-urgent care needs will likely experience significant service delays.

Relevant services at UHL include some elective surgeries, bronchoscopies, endoscopies, and warfarin clinics.

The medical assessment units at Ennis, Nenagh and St John’s hospitals will operate with reduced services, while the injury units at those hospitals will be open as normal. Some elective surgeries will be canceled, as will endoscopies, at all three sites.

Additionally, gynecology services at Nenagh Hospital will be canceled for the day.

The day of industrial action also led to the cancellation of some elective surgeries scheduled for Wednesday at Croom Orthopedic Hospital.

Elective surgery is canceled at Limerick University Maternity Hospital (UMHL). However, Emergency Maternity Unit and Neonatal Emergency Department services will continue, as will delivery room services, and most prenatal appointments will continue.

As efforts continue nationwide to try to avoid industrial action, UL Hospitals Group has been working with MLSA locally to ensure arrangements are in place this Wednesday to safely deliver the reduced range of services. .

While patients with less urgent conditions attending the UHL Emergency Department can expect service delays this Wednesday, we want to reassure the public that the department will be open and that the sickest cases and urgent ones will be given priority.

We regret the impact of these arrangements on patients attending our hospitals and will endeavor to reschedule appointments for all affected patients as soon as possible.