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‘Please stay at home’ begs CUH nurse

January 25th, 2021 8:00 PM

By Emma Connolly

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A WEST Cork nurse who works in the Intensive Care Unit of CUH has said the nursing community is on its knees because of the continued surge in Covid-19, and medics there are being forced to make difficult choices.

Appealing to the public to stay at home and comply with Level 5 restrictions, Denise Sinnott (above), from Dunmanway and living in Bandon said: ‘My colleagues, friends and I have been redeployed in vast numbers to the ICU. ‘I know of nurses phoning other nurses, in tears from the toilets. They are crying going into work as they dread and fear what lies ahead.

‘Nurses are crying on their journey home because that man died on his own with no one to hold his hand because she was too busy. This is what’s going on. These are true stories. The lifeboat theory has arrived. It’s in practice. The ICUs are full, medics are making difficult decisions.’

She added: ‘There isn’t a medic in here who is not dismayed by the apathy of the general public.

‘There is no point blaming the government and NPHET and their handling of the crisis. The buck stops with you. Stay home.’

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