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Non vital hospital services cancelled

Any non-essential clinics appointments at University Hospital Kerry have been cancelled

THE Health Service Executive has advised the public that there will be a significant impact on services in the coming days because of the storm alert and the clear advice is that non-essential travel should not be undertaken.

Any non-essential clinics and appointments on Monday have been cancelled. Patients and the public are being advised not to travel for hospital clinic appointments or non-urgent elective procedures, including day case cases, as services deemed non urgent have been postponed. All appointments affected will be rescheduled by the relevant hospital.

Hospitals affected are University Hospital Kerry, Cork University Hospital, Mercy University Hospital, South Infirmary University Hospital, Mallow General Hospital and Bantry General Hospital. If patients are unclear about whether to travel for their appointment, they should contact their hospital using the phone number on their appointment letter.

In addition, day services for older people will not take place tomorrow and only essential public health nursing appointments will go ahead for cases involving urgent wound care, new-born screening and palliative care.

Routine appointments such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy, community psychology, speech therapy and eye care clinics have been cancelled and will not go ahead tomorrow. Anyone in doubt should contact the office or person who issued the appointment.

Arrangements are being made to ensure that staff at community hospitals are safely in place before the status red alert comes into effect on Monday morning.

Home help services will be curtailed and only provided where essential. This means that some clients will not receive a service on Monday who may have expected to and the HSE is attempting to contact each person affected individually.

All mental health day services, day hospitals and outpatient services have been cancelled. If any service user has difficulties, is in crisis or requires urgent assistance, they should make telephone contact with their team, GP, Southdoc or their local emergency department.

The HSE has advised all voluntary and community agencies that non-essential services should be cancelled.

The National Ambulance Service will, as always, prioritise emergency calls during this weather event but is urging the general public to think carefully before calling.

“It must be understood that our response to emergency calls may be hindered by road conditions and the number of emergency calls at any particular time. We will do our utmost to reach those in greatest need of our emergency services,” a spokesperson said.

The HSE has appealed to the public to pass this information on to friends, families and neighbours so that where possible, non-essential travel can be avoided.

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