University Hospital Limerick is lifting its inpatient visiting restrictions from today, August 19th.
A temporary ban on visitors was imposed on August 6th in an attempt to control a COVID-19 outbreak at the hospital.
Staff at the hospital have now begun contacting families and loved ones of patients to arrange visits. All visits to patients must be arranged by appointment with the hospital.
Visits can be scheduled at UHL during the hours of 2-4pm and 6-9pm.
The Emergency Department, Acute Surgical Assessment Unit, and Acute Medical Assessment Unit will remain closed to visitors.
In line with public health guidance, visits are limited to one visitor at a time per patient. All visitors will have their temperatures checked on arrival, be required to fill out a COVID questionnaire and must wear a mask during their visit.
"We are pleased to again be in a position, effective from August 19th, to relax these difficult visiting restrictions at UHL," said Noreen Spillane, Chief Operations Officer, UL Hospitals Group. "We acknowledge that these restrictions have been particularly hard on our patients and their families. We have made great progress on vaccination and it is encouraging to see continued compliance with the public health guidelines. But while Covid-19 remains in our community, acute hospitals will continue to review visiting and take measures to reduce footfall in clinical areas to protect vulnerable patients and maintain essential services."