Updated: 01/03/18 : 05:38:37
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HSE Community Healthcare services prepares for cold weather in North West

The HSE Management team for Community Healthcare Organisation Area 1 (Sligo, Cavan, Donegal, Leitrim and Monaghan) has met to discuss the preparations for the severe cold weather expected later this week.

The HSE would like to reassure the public that preparations are already well underway to make sure that the health services are as ready as possible for this expected cold weather. We will do everything possible to maintain all essential services; particularly services to vulnerable people at home in the community. The situation will be closely monitored in the days ahead, and further updates will be issued.

Mr John Hayes, Chief Officer , Community Healthcare Organisation Area 1 stated  “The usual advice to the public in preparing for poor conditions is to make sure you have the three “Fs” stocked up – that’s food, fuel and fluids. Where it is safe to do so, we’d ask people to consider checking in on elderly or vulnerable members of the community, and to make sure they have supplies of food, fuel, water and medicines.  Remember you may not be able to get to a pharmacy if conditions are poor.”

As part of the on going preparations, the HSE remains in constant contact and active engagement with all other relevant agencies, and we would like to thank them for their continued work and support.  The HSE will be monitoring updates from Met Éireann and the Office of Emergency Planning and advises that hospital and community healthcare services are working to ensure safe delivery of services for the public.

All HSE CHO 1 Community services are currently proceeding as normal today, Wednesday.    We will be monitoring the situation closely and using all channels of communications to update patients / clients and the general public regarding any changes or postponements that may be necessitated.

The Winter Ready website, www.winterready.ie has useful advice for all.

All updated information can be found on www.hse.ie/weatherwarning.

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