The Mercy University Hospital has thanked the public for the extraordinary level of support it has received locally and nationally during the Covid-19 crisis to date.
In a new video, released on social media, staff from the hospital detail how the outbreak has impacted the hospital, and describe how volunteers, civic partners, colleagues, agencies and the wider community of Cork has supported the hospital during this time.
Martina Hughes, Assistant Director of Nursing at the hospital said that the hospital adapted its practices to meet the needs of its patients over the course of the outbreak.
“Like the generations of Mercy caregivers before us – awareness of the need and immediacy of the response is a way of life for us. As we faced Covid-19 together, we adopted appropriate safety measures, we changed our ways of working and even how we met with each other, we innovated above and beyond by providing round the clock testing in our labs and opening a dedicated swabbing clinic. We protected our patients and moved our entire oncology unit to a safe site on UCC, and to ensure we could look after you, we ensured our staff were supported and cared for,” she said.
MUH chief executive, Sandra Daly added: “It is said that the worst of times brings out the best of times in people.”
She said that the Covid pandemic had revealed a level of leadership, humanity, creativity and resilience that can only fuel optimism for the city and the country.
“Mercy University Hospital is profoundly thankful for the extraordinary level of support it has received locally and nationally. As we navigate the twists and turns of the recovery phase and embrace our new normal, this hospital will build on our new community relationships which can only strengthen our core values.
“Although there are no exact signposts, with the continued support and trust of the communities we serve, be assured, a way through will be found. Cork, we salute you,” Ms Daly said.