But cautions gradual return to normal and care is still required.
The HSE in the Mid West has utilised all of the available mechanisms for Major Emergency Management to co-ordinate services during the recent adverse weather. A Crisis Management Team involving HSE Mid West Community Healthcare, UL Hospitals and the National Ambulance Service has met several times. These services supported by national and local offices have co-ordinated all of the Healthcare response to issues since last Wednesday. In addition the HSE has participated in inter agency high level co-ordination with the Local Authorities and Gardai in Limerick, Clare and Tipperary.
The HSE Mid West Crisis Management Team was today stood down by its Chair Bernard Gloster, Chief Officer, HSE Mid West Community Healthcare. The Crisis Management Team is giving the following important public messages:
- People should expect a gradual return to normal services in the coming days but are asked to check with the healthcare facility in the Community before arriving for routine appointments that might have been scheduled for the coming week. Some of these may be delayed or deferred as the services prioritise those most in need after recent events.
- Home Help and Home Care and Community Nursing support will start to return to normal from Monday and it is expected will be at full service again not later than Wednesday as again we need to prioritise and in some cases give more time to those most in need.
- People with appointments at UL Hospitals should note that Outpatients returns to normal on Monday and elective surgery and procedures will slowly return to normal.
- People with new presentations and issues are asked to firstly consider all options such as GP, GP Out of Hours, Pharmacy Advice, Local Injury Unit and to only use the Emergency Department in an Emergency. In addition please be aware that all GP services are likely to be under pressure so if your issue can wait then we would appreciate your co-operation with your Doctor.
Commenting on recent events and the response effort Bernard Gloster said: “It is hard to quantify the inconvenience and hardship which vulnerable people who are unwell, experience in circumstances such as these. It is our sincere hope that the effort of all HSE services has helped to keep that hardship to a minimum. It is impossible to describe the heroic lengths to which many of our staff went during the past few days. They ensured our hospitals, social care facilities and critical front line services in the home and community continued to function in very difficult conditions. To them and indeed in many cases their families from whom they were away for longer than usual shifts, we can only say a sincere thank you. We ask the public to be patient with us as we work our way back to normal. Finally on behalf of the HSE in this area I want to thank all of the media outlets for the platform they gave us to be able to keep people right up to date.”
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Last updated on: 04 / 03 / 2018