Four people being treated for Covid-19 in Limerick released from hospital

Four people being treated for Covid-19 in Limerick released from hospital
University Hospital Limerick, file photo.

A party of four people, who were being treated in isolation rooms at University Hospital Limerick for Covid-19, have since being discharged from the hospital after they all tested negative for the virus.

The two males and two females had tested positive for the virus earlier this month but were given the all clear a number of days ago, it has emerged.

The four, including a healthcare official, had travelled to the Lombardy region in northern Italy and returned to home in late February.

The healthcare worker who was not symptomatic at the time informed Public Health they had been to the affected area and they were given the green light to work.

Having been allowed to perform their duties, the healthcare employee worked a shift in the Emergency Department at UHL in late February.

The 24-hour Limerick ED was later closed and a deep clean was carried out before being reopened.

A hospital source said the four patients who were being treated for the virus were no longer at the hospital and had all tested negative for the virus.

The source said that 75 healthcare staff — who were self-isolating at home, after they were identified as contacts of one of the four patients — had all tested negative for the virus, in relation to the results of initial swabs taken from them.

The 75 staff are waiting on the results of second swabs.

The cancellation of almost all elective surgeries and outpatient appointments across all six sites of UL Hospitals Group, including University Hospital Limerick, University Maternity Hospital, St John’s, Croom Orthopaedic Hospital, Nenagh General, Ennis General, is extended to Wednesday, March 18.

Exceptions to an ongoing visitor ban at the six hospitals (with a strict limit of one visitor per patient) include:

  • Partners of women attending University Maternity Hospital Limerick
  • Parents visiting children in hospital
  • People visiting patients at end-of-life
  • People assisting confused patients (e.g. dementia)
  • People visiting patients in Critical Care

Colette Cowan, CEO of UL Hospitals Group, emphasised that time-critical procedures, including cancer surgery, would continue in the coming days.

Five theatres are open at UHL for emergency and trauma cases as well as time-critical elective surgery.

Exceptions to cancelled services and appointments, that will be going ahead at this time include Dialysis, Cancer services and Urgent Cardiology diagnostics.

Drop-off and collection services are available at the six hospitals to assist patients loved ones getting them important personal items.

    Useful information
  • The HSE have developed an information pack on how to protect yourself and others from coronavirus. Read it here
  • Anyone with symptoms of coronavirus who has been in close contact with a confirmed case in the last 14 days should isolate themselves from other people - this means going into a different, well-ventilated room alone, with a phone; phone their GP, or emergency department;
  • GPs Out of Hours services are not in a position to order testing for patients with normal cold and flu-like symptoms. HSELive is an information line and similarly not in a position to order testing for members of the public. The public is asked to reserve 112/999 for medical emergencies at all times.
  • ALONE has launched a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in Ireland. The support line will be open seven days a week, 8am-8pm, by calling 0818 222 024

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