The Urgent Care Centre was opened on 23 September 2013.  It is a conversion of our A&E Department into a Local Injury Unit and a Medical Assessment Unit. Admission to the hospital can now only be gained on a “scheduled” basis whereby patients must first be either seen and referred by their GP to the Medical Assessment Unit, admitted via the University Hospital Limerick, or directly by our own surgeons and physicians. No medical emergencies or “un-scheduled care” can be admitted directly but instead are re-directed to UHL.

The following tables outline the services provided by our Local Injury Unit and Medical Assessment Unit.


Local Injury Unit

Opening Hours 8.00 a.m. – 6.00 p.m.

Monday – Friday

Contact Person Secretary
Contact Number 061 462132
Service User(s) Referred by self
Referral criteria Suspected broken bones
All sprains and strains
Wounds, bites, cuts, grazes and scalp lacerations including minor facial injuries, oral, dental and nasal injuries
Minor scalds and burns
Small abscesses and boils
Splinters and fish hooks
Foreign bodies in eyes/ears/nose
Minor head injury (fully conscious patients) who did NOT experience loss of consciousness or have more than one episode of vomiting after the head injury
Conditions due to medical illness (Chest pain/Respiratory conditions will be seen in the Medical Assessment Unit) x
Serious head injuries x
Abdominal pain x
Gynaecological problems x
Neck/back pain x
Pregnancy related problems x
Pelvis or hip fractures x
Injuries due to self-harm x
Suspected serious injury or inability to walk following a fall from a height or a motor vehicle collision.  Patients with neck pain or back injury that started on the day of injury should attend an ED rather than a Local Injury Unit x
Injury causing chest pain, abdominal pain or shortness of breath x

Hospital Charges

LIU Charge – €100.00

Exemptions to Charges

  • Patients who have been referred by their GP and have a referral letter
  • Patients who have medical card
  • Members of the Defense Forces


Medical Assessment Unit

Opening Hours 8.00 a.m. – 6.00 p.m.

Monday – Friday

Contact Person Secretary
Contact Number 061 462130
Service user(s) Referred by GP
Referral criteria Patients who are unstable are not suitable for referral for assessment and/or admission to

St. John’s.

All patients must fall into one of the following clinical categories.  Patients not on this list must not be referred to MAU.  The specific criteria for each condition are outlined below.  Clinical judgement and discretion will remain essential in all cases.

Uncomplicated TIA

Suspected DVT

Syncope with full recovery/falls

New onset of A Fib or irregular pulse

New onset seizures

Acute confusion (may need discussion with senior decision maker)

Low risk Chest pain (now pain free, no history of ischemic heart disease, existing heart murmurs, normal ECG)

Non Acute Headache


Diabetic – new onset/uncontrolled (no evidence of diabetic ketoacidosis or diabetic coma)

Persistent chest infection/UTI without sepsis

C2H5OH Detox


Loss of independent living



Dyspnoea of uncertain cause

Uncontrolled hypertension

Other cases may be considered following discussion with the Consultant on call

Vital signs must be in the following ranges:

Systolic blood pressure      >90, <200

Heart rate                               >40, <120/min

Respiratory rate                    <24/min

Pulse oximetry (room air)    >90%

Temperature                         >35

Vitals will be taken in conjunction with the clinical picture

Categories not suitable for referral Obstetrics




Oncology patients


Contact Number

Case Manager

St. John’s Hospital

061 462303 (8.00 a.m. – 6.00 p.m.)
Contact Number

Case Manager


086 0452882 (8.00 a.m. – 6.00 p.m.)

Hospital Charges

This service is free of charge.

View and/or Print MAU Information Leaflet.