By David Raleigh[email protected]
The UL Hospital Group, which manages a worryingly high number of patients with COVID-19 and patients with carts, has urged people who are not yet vaccinated against Covid-19 to do so, to help it offset pressures. unprecedented on Limerick University Hospital (UHL).
Limerick Hospital, which has the only 24-hour emergency service in a basin of about 400,000 people, is the largest in the country and the highest number of covid patients.
About 90 nearly record patients were in carts at UHL last Wednesday, followed by 79 on Thursday and 65 on Friday, according to statistics released by the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organization.
The hospital was treating 47 Covid patients, including six Critical Care patients, and 24 suspected Covid patients on Thursday, according to the latest figures released by the Health Service executive.
Only two general beds and two critical care beds were available, out of a total capacity of 531 hospital beds.
The chief clinical director, UL Hospitals Group, Professor Brian Lenehan, called for “the maximum possible uptake for COVID-19 vaccination,” as the incidence of deadly virus transmission in the Limerick region remained high.
Despite recent repeated calls to the public not to attend the UHL emergency service, the hospital has been trying to manage the record number of patients who presented there.
“October has so far shown no trend towards the reversal of demand for emergency services. Last month, the average daily attendance at ED was 240, 23% more than the 195 daily average of 2019, the last pre-pandemic of the full year, “said a spokesman for the ED. UHL.
“During the month of September, daily attendances exceeded 250 on 14 days of the month, reaching a maximum of 290, and in just two days of the month there were fewer than 200 attendances. This trend has continued until in October, where an average of 243 people attended on weekdays, and a relatively high average of 190 attendances during the two weekends of the month so far, ”they added.
Injury units in the region, which treat non-life-threatening injuries such as broken bones, dislocations, sprains, strains, wounds, scalds and minor burns, are open throughout the region as an alternative to ED.
“We ask people to consider all appropriate care options before attending the ED. Ennis and Nenagh injury units are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and St. John’s Hospital from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Anyone with less serious illnesses or conditions should contact GPs or GP services outside of hours, ”the spokesman said.
Professor Lenehan urged unvaccinated people to attend pre-scheduled vaccination clinics previously scheduled this weekend.
The latest Pfizer Dose 1 and 2 vaccination clinics for adults and children aged 12 and over are being held at the Abbey Court Hotel’s vaccination centers, Nenagh (2pm-7pm, Friday); West County Hotel, Ennis (Saturday 5 to 7 p.m.); and Limerick Racecourse (2 to 7 p.m., Saturday, and 2 to 5 p.m., Sunday). Those who received AstraZeneca Dose 1 can receive the Pfizer vaccine for their second dose.
Professor Lenehan said the need to go to the highest levels of vaccination was underlined by current COVID-1 incidence figures; number of hospitalizations for the disease; and critical care income: “COVID-19 is still with us and, in fact, we will live with it for some time. Throughout the pandemic, we have seen how the contagiousness of the disease can make small numbers leave it out of control quickly, but we need to make vaccination as close to 100% as possible. “
As of October 10, 365,875 vaccines have been administered under the UL Group Hospitals vaccination program since it began on January 4, as well as an additional 2,378 doses of vaccine for people with a weakened immune system and 589 doses of reinforcement for people in residential care settings. region.