The chief officer of Cork Kerry Community Healthcare, Ger Reaney has paid tribute to staff working in the group, who have shown extraordinary dedication and hard work responding to the COVID-19 outbreak.
In a video message to staff working in the group today (Monday, May 11th), Mr Reaney said it had been “a very difficult nine weeks for everybody working in the health services” and that so many people had “gone above and beyond” the norm in responding to the outbreak.
“Some of you have coped with personal loss and bereavement but still turned up and delivered quality service,” he said.
Mr Reaney said other staff members have been retrained and redeployed, and delivered new services that have started within a matter or weeks.
“What’s really impressed me is the way people across different parts of the health services have come together, worked together with the one goal of saving lives and keeping people safe,” he added.
The Cork Kerry Community Healthcare Chief Officer said it now looks as if we have passed the first phase of the outbreak, and that it may be possible to begin delivering more healthcare services in the region.
However, Mr Reaney stressed that the “virus will be with us for some time to come” and it won’t be possible to deliver such services “exactly the way we did before”.
For some services, staff members and service users will need to wear masks, he said.
Mr Reaney also said there will continue to be outbreaks of COVID-19 in the region.
“The next phase will be challenging in its own way, almost as challenging as the first phase, in a different way, but I know the staff in Cork Kerry Community Healthcare will continue to rise to that challenge with dedication and commitment,” he said.