Nurses make way to Naas Hospital in snow blizzard conditions this morning

Tributes paid to staff as services likely to continue to be impacted over weekend

Niamh O'Donoghue

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Nurses make way to Naas Hospital in snow blizzard conditions this morning

The nurses make their way up the town to the hospital at 7.10am

This picture sums up the dedication of the front line medical staff at Naas Hospital.

Three nurses, who had stayed overnight in Naas, made their way up Main Street in blizzard conditions at 7.10am to make it to the hospital to start their shift.

A number of staff have had to stay in Naas for the past three days because of Storm Emma to ensure services are maintained for those who really need it. 

The Dublin Midlands Hospital Group, which includes Naas Hospital, paid tribute to the dedicated staff.

“Thanks to all the hospital staff who have been staying overnight and to everyone making exceptional efforts to get to work today to ensure the continuity of patient care,” it said today.

It also advised the public there will be continued impact on hospital services in the Dublin region over the weekend and into the early part of next week.

“Emergency services and all essential planned services for cancer, renal and antenatal care are continuing and staff have been presenting to work to care for patients despite the extraordinary weather conditions affecting access to and access from Hospitals,” it said.

“Hospitals are prioritising the transportation through the National Emergency Operations Centre for key critical staff to maintain emergency services and patient transport for dialysis, oncology and discharges while the adverse conditions persist. This will be closely monitored through the day and into the weekend and any changes to service provision will be communicated across all available channels.”

The Hospital Group acknowledged the support of the National Ambulance Service, Defence Forces and Civil Defence in assisting with emergency transportation of patients and staff.

“As previously stated, hospitals have cancelled electives and outpatient appointments Thursday 1 and today, March 2.  Hospitals will be in touch with patients to reschedule the appointments as soon as possible,” it said.

“While the national advice is that people can go outdoors it is imperative that people consider the risks of slips, trips and falls. Conditions under foot remain treacherous in many parts of the country. Only walk on sure surfaces that have been gritted.”

While emergency departments remain open the group encouraged 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 still be expected.

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