WATCH: 'This is our last chance, it’s our only chance'; Frontline health workers in Cork plead for public help

WATCH: 'This is our last chance, it’s our only chance'; Frontline health workers in Cork plead for public help
Zita Hough, Respiratory Physiotherapist.

HSE staff in Cork are pleading with the public to support them in the fight to stop the spread of Covid-19.

In a passionate video message, the staff plead with the people of Cork to heed the important government-imposed restrictions and help slow the spread of the virus.

The video features National Ambulance staff; staff at the CUH; and staff of Cork Kerry Community Healthcare, including a screener at Páirc Uí Chaoimh and a director of nursing at a residential centre for older people. 

Each of the HSE staff in the video reiterates the vital importance of social distancing and constant vigilance when it comes to hygiene. 

In the video, Doireann Lordan, a screener at the Páirc Uí Chaoimh test centre explains how she has redeployed from her usual role as a Speech and Language Therapist.

"I am usually working as a Speech and Language Therapist, but I am here working as a screener in the Páirc Uí Chaoimh test centre, doing everything we can to keep our communities safe," she said.

"It’s not just in our hands, it’s in our feet. Move your feet, and keep two metres away from each other. 

"No exceptions, no excuses," she continued.

Conor Deasy, a consultant at the Emergency Department at the CUH, reminded the public that this is a team effort.

"So we’re all in this together, this is a team effort. Your role is simple. 

"Wash your hands, catch your coughs and sneezes, and clean surfaces.

"And remember: two metres, no crowds, no excuses. We are genuinely all in this together. We need your support. 

"We thank you for your support."

Jane Shanahan, Acting Clinical Nurse Manager 3, Cancer Services said HSE staff will look after those worst affected by Covid-19, but that they need public support to help slow the virus.

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