Update from South East Community Healthcare services

Community services in the South East have been disrupted over the last 5 days and our focus is now on restoring normal service delivery as promptly as possible starting back on Monday 5th March.

We ask for our communities understanding as we still face challenges and it may take some days, especially in Wexford, to have all service operating at normal full capacity.

We again acknowledge the incredible support and help from Local Authorities, Defence Forces, AGS, all voluntary providers, other health and social care providers, groups and individuals such as the farming community who have helped our services over the recent days.

We wish to thank all the staff, both in direct patient care and in supporting roles, that have worked tirelessly to ensure all essential services were delivered during this very challenging time.

Primary Care, including Community Care

We are hoping to resume full services in Carlow, Kilkenny, St Tipperary and Waterford, including Public Health Nursing, on Monday 5th March but it is advisable for patients with appointments on Monday to contact the services directly.

In Wexford we anticipate that the main centres will be open tomorrow but centres and services in more rural area are most likely to remain closed. Please ring before travelling to any booked appointments.

Community Specialist Palliative Care services, Community Intervention Teams and GP out of hours service (Caredoc) are operating as normal.

Social Care, including elderly care and disability services

It is intended that HSE Disability day services in counties Carlow/Kilkenny/South Tipperary will resume on Monday 5th March 2018.

HSE Disability day services in Wexford will remain closed on Monday 5th March 2018. 

HSE day services at community, district and elderly care hospitals in counties Carlow, Kilkenny, South Tipperary and Waterford will resume on Monday 5th March 2018.

Unfortunately, however it is anticipated that there may be ongoing disruption to HSE day services at community, district and elderly care hospitals in County Wexford.  

It is intended to restore normal Home Help provision across the regions in Carlow, Kilkenny, South Tipperary, Waterford and Wexford but we note the challenge and possible continued disruption to Home Help services in rural areas.  HSE will endeavour to fully restore normal home help services as soon as possible.

Local service providers across the region will provider further updates as required, should you have any questions please contact the local teams.

Mental Health services

It is intended that the Day Hospitals and outpatient clinics in counties Carlow, Kilkenny, South Tipperary, Waterford and Wexford will resume tomorrow 

The Departments of Psychiatry (acute mental health units) at University Hospital Waterford and at St Luke’s Hospital in Kilkenny are operating as normal.

We would like to remind the public that in the Carlow, Kilkenny, South Tipperary, Waterford and Wexford areas, individuals can access health service, as follows:

  • through their GP and/or CAREDOC, the GP Out of Hours services – tel. (1850) 334 999
  • via the Emergency Department 24 hours a day at University Hospital Waterford, Wexford General Hospital, St. Luke’s General Hospital in Kilkenny and South Tipperary General Hospital in Clonmel.

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Last updated on: 04 / 03 / 2018