Joint statement from HSE services in Cork and Kerry.

With HSE services in Cork and Kerry returning to normal, the HSE would like to thank the public for its support and understanding during the recent severe weather.

Most services are either now running as normal or will be fully restored very shortly. However, the disruption caused by the severe weather may have a knock-on effect for the week ahead.

Out-patient appointments at acute hospitals in Cork and Kerry will recommence tomorrow, Monday, and anyone with an appointment is asked to attend as normal. Hospitals will be in touch with those who have had appointments cancelled recently to reschedule.

Cork Kerry Community Healthcare services in primary care, disability services, services for older people and mental health will be as normal tomorrow, Monday.  Appointments which had to be postponed in recent days will be rescheduled, and again we will be in touch with those affected.

In all cases, anyone with a question about an appointment can contact the person or office who made the appointment.

Understandably, we expect additional pressure on both emergency departments and hospital admissions this week. For that reason, the HSE is asking people to  consider whether they really need to go to an emergency department and if there is an alternative service they can avail of including the urgent care centres at  Gurranabraher (Cork city), Mallow and Bantry.

We have been working with the Gardaí, local authorities, other emergency services and other agencies, and we would like to thank all those agencies for their efforts which helped us to keep essential services running in difficult conditions.

Local authorities ensured that access to facilities was restored quickly by gritting roads leading to hospitals and other facilities, while the Defence Forces and voluntary emergency services assisted in getting staff to work, in bringing dialysis patients to hospitals and in ensuring that public health nurses were able to make urgent visits in the community.

Once again, we would like to thank the public for their support and understanding.

Communities also rallied round – for example, we were overwhelmed by offers of assistance to get staff to work in both the CUH and Farranlea Road Nursing Unit, while both staff and communities made every effort to keep in touch with older people and vulnerable members of the community.

We would also like to thank the staff who worked tirelessly ensure the impact to vulnerable patients and service users was kept to a minimum, in many cases going well above and beyond.

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Last updated on: 04 / 03 / 2018