Cork hospital staff plead with public to follow guidelines around social distancing

Cork hospital staff plead with public to follow guidelines around social distancing
XXjob 12/06/2014 NEWS CUH Wilton, Cork. Aerial Picture,Picture: Denis Scannell

HOSPITAL staff at Cork University Hospital (CUH) are appealing to members of the public to adhere to restrictions relating to Covid-19 ahead of the weekend.

Hospital staff at CUH have asked that members of the public follow government guidelines relating to social distancing and hygiene to ensure that they do not contribute to spreading Covid-19.

Staff have been changing roles, working in areas of the hospital they normally wouldn’t and adapting their practice to combat the spread of the virus.

Staff who are preparing for the inevitable increase in patients presenting to the hospital are worried that some people are not adhering to the guidelines and restrictions introduced by the government.

Clinical Director at CUH, Dr Jennifer Carroll, said: “The best way to minimise the risk of COVID-19 is to simply to stay at home. We want to remind members of the public to adhere to the Government’s measures, which were put in place to ensure your safety.

“Failure to follow these guidelines will put extra pressure on the hospital system, which unfortunately could seriously impact you, your family, your neighbours or friends and this is the last thing any of us want.” She acknowledged that “most people are doing their very best” but said that some members of the public are still not adhering to the advice.

“We are appealing to people to think before they act and to ask themselves if their journey is necessary, are they keeping the appropriate distance, following cough etiquette and washing their hands. The pathway through this challenge lies in all our hands,” she said.

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