Statement from Mid West Crisis Management Team

HSE Mid West wishes to advise that all routine Community Healthcare services across Clare Limerick & North Tipperary are deferred for Thursday and Friday. Only the most essential homecare and community nursing services are being prioritised for delivery to older people and people with disabilities.  Every effort is being made to maintain critical services in the home to complex paediatric cases and adults with high dependency.  All public residential hospitals and units for the elderly, disabled and those with a mental health condition remain open however staffing these services is challenging in such conditions.

Our colleagues at UL Hospitals have also restricted services to essential and emergency for the period and are making contact with people for whom special arrangements and continuity of service needs to be maintained.  Anyone who has an appointment scheduled at a UL Hospital site and is in doubt can contact the relevant hospital. 

Detailed information is available across all media platforms including Twitter @CommHealthMW @ULHospitals

The HSE Mid West Crisis Management Team is in full operational mode and will convene again later this morning Thursday.  The HSE is participating in co-ordination centres in Tipperary Limerick and Clare where we are working with Local Authorities and Garda Divisions as the other two Principal Response Agencies (PRA s)  and supported by the Defence Forces and other service providers.  More information on local media and Twitter feeds @LimerickCouncil @HSELive @CommHealthMW @ULHospitals @ClareCoCo @TipperaryCoCo @GardaTraffic @gardainfo

Our clear message is Stay In, Stay Safe and make any essential arrangements you need this morning including checking on vulnerable family or neighbours.  Do not travel out of shelter from Mid Afternoon today.  The situation is highly dangerous.

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Last updated on: 01 / 03 / 2018