Operations and appointments cancelled at Naas Hospital

HSE also requests that people call in on neighbours who may need assistance

Paul O'Meara

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Operations and appointments cancelled at Naas Hospital

Naas General Hospital

Routine elective and outpatient appointments for the next two days (Thursday and Friday) at Naas Hospital have been called off because of the weather.

The HSE says it will continue to do everything possible to maintain all essential services to patients receiving planned cancer, renal and antenatal care.

But patients are asked to contact the hospital directly if  they’ve any concerns. In relation to radiotherapy treatment in St Luke’s Radiation Oncology Network please contact the sites directly.  All appointments cancelled during the period will be rescheduled and patients will be advised of their new appointment by their hospital.

Patients should be advised that if they do attend the hospital today for a clinic appointment they will be seen.

 

Hospital Emergency Departments continue to be busy and difficulties around discharge planning are expected as a consequence of the adverse conditions. “

“We would encourage people to consider all options available to them for their healthcare needs and to protect the ED for those most seriously ill as delays can be expected,” spokeswoman said.

 

The hospital will be monitoring the situation on an hour by hour basis and using all channels of communications to update patients / clients and the general public regarding any changes to service provision.

 

The hospital group, which covers the Naas facility, has been working with all hospitals to plan and prepare for the adverse weather conditions predicted by Met Eireann over the coming days.

This planning is informing the National Crisis Management Team who are working collaboratively with local authorities, national ambulance service, an garda siochana and Met Eireann to ensure plans are in place for the safe delivery of services for both staff and members of the public.

The spokeswoman reiterated calls for people to check that they are stocked up with any medicines and health care supplies they may need this week. “Remember you may not be able to get to a pharmacy if conditions are poor.”

Where it is safe to do so, people are asked 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.