September 22, 2023

People visiting St Luke’s hospital do so at their own risk – Management

People visiting patients at St Luke’s Hospital in Kilkenny do so at their own risk, hospital management are saying.

While a strict visiting ban on children visiting has been put in place at St Luke’s, due to infection control concerns regarding Covid-19.

The Irish East Hospital Group, who manage St Luke’s, have taken these measures in the interest of patient care and in order to prevent the spread of infection. Further restrictions could be imminent, including a complete ban on visitors.

Earlier today, management at University Hospital Waterford announced a strict ban on all visitors attending the regional hospital for the South East.

The South/ South West Hospital Group, which manages UHW, also asked people to contact their GP with any issues rather than attending UHW’s emergency department.

A spokesperson for UHW said: “This is in the interest of patient care and in order to prevent the spread of infection. Anyone with any queries about visiting times or visiting a particular hospital should ring the respective hospital directly.

“We regret any inconvenience caused to patients and relatives by these necessary measures. All infection control measures are in place and every effort is being made by each hospital to manage and contain the spread of infection.

“Management at the South/South West Hospital Group have requested that where appropriate the public contact their GP/Out of Hours service in the first instance and explore all other options available to them prior to presenting to Emergency Departments if their needs are not urgent,” the spokesperson concluded.

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