GPs across Cork and Ireland are to receive additional personal protective equipment (PPE) and supplies this week from the HSE in a bid to contain the coronavirus, it has been revealed.
A letter from the Irish College of General Practitioners, circulated to GPs on Sunday evening, informed family doctors that the HSE has advised that additional PPE supplies will be distributed to them this week.
GPs were also advised to consider replacing walk-in clinics with appointments; consider telephone triage for all patients who book an appointment, identify those with respiratory symptoms and schedule a call-back and assess patients by phone or video chat when appropriate.
The advice comes after confirmation that three of the 21 cases of coronavirus in Ireland are the result of community infection.
In Cork, the St Patrick’s Day parade has been cancelled amid concerns the crowds at the event could enable the virus Covid-19 to spread.
Two cases of community infection have been detected in the region, one in Cork University Hospital and another in the Bon Secours private hospital.
The CUH patient has since been transferred to Dublin while the patient at the Bons is being treated in a single room in the Intensive Care Unit.
Around 100 staff at CUH had to self-isolate following the coronavirus case at the hospital, while two staff at the Bons were also instructed to do the same.