University Hospital Limerick has cancelled all elective surgery, diagnostic and outpatient services tomorrow in order to cope with record presentations and pressure on its emergency department.
A total of 111 patients, of whom 65 are on trolleys in its emergency department and 46 are waiting in wards throughout the hospital, were recorded today on the daily INMO trolley watch list.
It is the latest in a series of high daily attendances of over 100 patients, the highest of which was 126 last Thursday.
In response outpatient patient appointments, elective surgery and other diagnostic investigations at UHL are being deferred until Friday.
In an effort to create surge capacity, day surgery at Nenagh Hospital has also been cancelled tomorrow.
Affected patients are being contacted directly by hospital staff.
All other appointments in Nenagh, including outpatient clinics and endoscopy, are operating as normal.
A decision on day surgeries scheduled to take place in Nenagh this Friday will be made tomorrow.
Services at Ennis, at Croom Orthopaedic Hospital, at St. John's Hospital in Limerick and at the Maternity Hospital will continue as normal.
A decision will be taken in the coming days about whether daily elective and scheduled services can resume from next Monday.
Only time critical and emergency care is being priortised at present.