Management at the South /South West Hospital Group (S/SWHG) have appealed to members of the public to continue to follow the Government’s COVID-19 guidelines, and to stay at home this Bank Holiday weekend.
In an appeal, management and staff in the 14 hospitals in Cork, Kerry, Waterford and South Tipperary which form part of the group asked the public to continue to respond “in the same positive and helpful manner as they have done since the Government introduced the current round of restrictions.”
“Management at the hospitals acknowledge that staying at home and staying isolated even under the slightly adjusted measures announced by Government today can be difficult, particularly over a long period and especially over long weekends. Nevertheless, hospitals want to remind people again that they can save lives by staying at home and following Government and Public Health guidelines,” the Group said in a statement.
Gerry O’Dwyer, CEO of the group said that the positive response to date to the Government restrictions has ensured that we have avoided the surge of patients presenting at hospitals with COVID- 19 symptoms, "for which we are extremely grateful."
“This bank holiday weekend, we are urging members of the public to continue to abide by the guidelines regarding COVID-19.
“The best way to minimise the risk of COVID-19 is to simply stay at home this long weekend.
“Across the S/SWHG, hospital staff are working tirelessly to fight this virus to provide safe, high-quality care to patients.
“The S/SWHG is very proud of our dedicated staff and how they have responded to this challenge. The perseverance which staff across the Group have shown and their on-going commitment to providing the best possible care is greatly appreciated," he added.
Mr O’Dwyer said not adhering to the national guidelines would “inevitably place extra pressure on the hospital system.”
“Please think before you act and ask yourself, is this journey really necessary, am I keeping the appropriate distance, following cough etiquette and washing my hands. We all have a part to play in combating this virus, if we work together and follow the advice, we will get through this challenge,” he said.
Meanwhile, the S/SWHG has encouraged people to contact their GP if they are unwell, or go to the Emergency Department if they require urgent treatment.
It said hospitals in the S/SWHG have separate pathways in place for COVID-19 patients and those needing other care.
“People should be aware that our hospitals remain open for people who are unwell and need treatment. The emergency departments across the S/SWHG have a number of measures in place, patients presenting will be placed on the Covid pathway or the non-Covid pathway. So people should be assured and know that they would receive the care and treatment they need,” Mr O’Dwyer added.