Visitor ban remains in place at St Luke's Hospital, will last at least rest of week

High number of patients who have been admitted and confirmed to have flu

Sam Matthews

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ST LUKE'S HOSPITAL

The recruitment process is ongoing at St Luke's Hospital in Kilkenny as the hospital contends with the national staff shortage

A visiting ban remains in place at St Luke's Hospital in Kilkenny and will continue for at least the rest of this week, as the hospital continues to cope with a high number of admissions.

A spokesperson for the Ireland East Hospital Group said the hospital will review the situation daily, however the ban will remain in place for the remainder of the week. St Luke's is dealing with a high number of patients who have been admitted and confirmed to have flu over the weekend and during the past week.

New figures from show the hospital is still struggling to come to grips with the overcrowding crisis that persisted all through January. The number of patients on trolleys and wards today is 25, according to the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO).

The national staff shortage is continuing to affect the hospital's ability to open beds. The Ireland East Hospital Group says the recruitment process is ongoing.