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Over 50 staff who slept overnight in Clonakilty Hospital are thanked by HSE

March 2nd, 2018 10:44 AM

By Siobhan Cronin

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THE HSE has thanked staff for going beyond the call of duty to ensure they made it to work today.

In a statement issued by Cork Kerry Community Healthcare, 51 staff in Clonakilty - and many more in hospitals around the region - were thanked for their dedication to their jobs.

The statement, issued this morning also points out that all clinics in Cork and Kerry are cancelled for the day.

The HSE adds: 'We wish to advise the public that there will continue to be a significant impact on services today, although staff are doing their utmost keep essential services running. There will be significant challenges for the delivery of services in the coming days and we again thank the public for their understanding and patience. As previously confirmed, all non-essential clinics and appointments are cancelled across Cork and Kerry today.'

It says that 'tremendous efforts are being made to ensure that some public health nurses and home support visits go ahead.'

'However, it will not be possible to make every call we would like to.  We’d like to repeat some of the advice issued earlier in the week. This includes asking people, where it is safe to do so, to check on older neighbours and vulnerable people in the community. We’d also like to remind people of the advice onwww.winterready.ie/en/guides/health in dealing with cold weather. This include the advice to ·         Stay indoors. ·         Keep at least one room heated to 18 degrees. ·         Eat well and keep active. ·         Be mindful of risk of slips, trips and falls.  We thank staff who have been working over the past few days, and also thank the other agencies who have enabled them to make it to the most vulnerable, including local authorities, the Defence Forces and the voluntary emergency services.'

It says some the examples of staff going above and beyond in recent days include: -          51 staff have slept at Clonakilty Community Hospital yesterday and last night, having gotten there thanks to the efforts of volunteers and the voluntary defence services. Some staff and management have been on site since Tuesday evening. -          

Staff from community hospitalx in Schull and Killarney have stayed in local hotels so that they can work extra shifts to cover colleagues who couldn’t make it to work. -          In all facilities, staff living close to community hospitals and residential facilities have offered to come in and cover their colleagues who would be travelling distances. -          

Public health nurses and home helps have made urgent calls yesterday and will make a limited number of priority calls again today, with the help of Defence Forces and the voluntary emergency services. -          

Medical and nursing staff working in acute and residential mental health facilities across Cork and Kerry stayed onsite and overnight in local hotels so that they can be brought to work yesterday and today, coming in hours earlier than they were rostered to, and staying later than their shift to ensure safe service provision at all times. These are just some examples of the lengths staff have gone to in recent days.  

Chief Officer of Cork Kerry Community Healthcare Ger Reaney said the response of staff had been exceptional. ‘Staff have worked in exceptionally difficult circumstances in recent days. Many staff in community hospitals and residential centres have come in early and slept on site. Home helps and public health nurses have been able to make priority calls in extremely challenging conditions, thanks to the help of the Defence Forces and voluntary emergency services. The dedication of our staff has helped  us to support some of  the most vulnerable members of the community. There are countless examples of this level of commitment and dedication, and I’d like to thank staff for their exceptional efforts,’ he said. ·        

All updates about HSE services, local and national, will appear on hse.ie/weatherwarning ·        

Winterready.ie also has useful advice on how to deal with the current weather conditions.    

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