With HSE services in Galway, Mayo and Roscommon returning to normal, the Saolta University Health Care Group and the HSE’s Community Healthcare Organisation Area 2 have thanked the public for its support and understanding during the recent severe weather.
In a statement released today they say they would like to thank, most sincerely, staff who went above and beyond to continue to deliver patient care during some very challenging days.
Many staff had to put the service needs first above their own personal and family needs during this period and for this we are very grateful.
The group also acknowledge the support of the National Ambulance Service, the Defence Forces, the Gardaí and Civil Defence in assisting with emergency transportation of patients and staff.
They also thank the local communities for the help and support they provided to the Saolta Group.
Hospitals have been busy and will continue to be in the coming days, particularly the Emergency Departments.
As they prioritise treatment and care for the sickest patients and those with life threatening illnesses, it means that patients with less serious illnesses and conditions may need to wait longer for their treatment.
As a result of this the organisation are asking people to think about all of their care and treatment options so we can keep our ED services for the patients who need them most particularly over the next few days.
Community services in Galway Mayo and Roscommon have been disrupted over the last five days and focus is now on restoring normal service delivery as promptly as possible starting back today, Monday 5th March.
Most services are either now running as normal or will be fully restored very shortly.
However, the disruption caused by the severe weather may have a knock-on effect for the week ahead.