The HSE CHO 8 Crisis Management Team convened again today, Sunday March 4 to plan for the restoration of health services in the aftermath of Storm Emma.
Community services have suffered major disruption due to the unprecedented snowfall and the focus now is on restoring normal service from Monday morning March 5
During this period of recovery, the HSE is asking for understanding and cooperation from members of the public as we seek to return to normal service provision as quickly as possible. We are asking people to consider the following:.
- Home care provision has been affected by the heavy snowfall and we are asking people to consider checking in on elderly or vulnerable members of the community, and to make sure they have supplies of food, fuel, water and medicines while we return home care services to normal levels.
- Our advice to older people is to stay indoors and to keep at least one room heated to 18 degrees. Wear multiple layers of clothes, have plenty of blankets and socks to keep you warm. Make sure you eat well and keep active and be mindful of risk of slips, trips and falls. If you have a personal alarm, make sure you wear it at all times. Read advice about falls prevention on winterready.ie.
- The GP Out of Hours service is operational but will face challenges in going to see people in their own homes. We are asking people to bear this in mind if they need to call a GP to their home.
- We are advising the public to access our communications channels to get the most up to date information – www.hse.ie/weatherwarning and @HSELive #weatherwarning on Twitter for all the latest regarding HSE services.
We would like to acknowledge the help received from Local Authorities, the Defence Forces, all voluntary providers and indeed other groups and individuals, such as the farming community, who have helped our services over recent days.
We envisage that the full recovery will extend through next week as all our services try to get back to normal operations
The HSE wishes to thank all its staff members for the extraordinary efforts they have gone to, above and beyond the call of duty, and in lots of cases not getting home for 4 to 5 days. Without this dedication and commitment our health service could not have functioned as well as it did in very difficult and testing conditions. You are a credit, not only to the health service, but to the nation as a whole.
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Last updated on: 04 / 03 / 2018