The HSE has issued visiting restrictions for nursing homes in Donegal.
The restrictions are putting in place following the announcement that the country will go into lockdown this evening over the coronavirus crisis.
The restrictions mean immediate family members only visit and that children do not visit nursing homes.
Visiting should be limited to one person at a time. The HSE requests that people should be sensible regarding their visiting and that anyone who has signs or symptoms of illness should not visit and anyone who has returned from holidays from an affected area should not visit nursing units.
The restrictions apply to Older Persons Nursing Units across the five counties of Community Healthcare Organisation Area 1 - Cavan, Donegal, Leitrim, Monaghan and Sligo.
Chief Officer CHO 1 Mr John Hayes stated: “We recognise that the visiting restrictions may be challenging for patients and their families, however, our priority must be to protect the patients in our Community Hospitals and Nursing units who are vulnerable to infection. We would like to thank members of the public for their co-operation. We are very conscious that as the entire health service prepares to meet the challenges ahead, there will, unfortunately, be an impact on people using our services. We will do everything we can to keep that impact to a minimum. We wish to thank the people of the region for working with us.”
Director of Public Health, North West, Dr Anthony Breslin stated: “Ireland remains in the containment phase. That means that all efforts are being made to identify contacts and to give them specific public health advice".
Anyone with general concerns should firstly visit HSE.ie/coronavirus. If you still have concerns, you may wish to can ring HSE Live on 1850 24 1850
If you have been to one of the affected areas and you are not feeling well, check if you have symptoms of coronavirus. These are a cough, shortness of breath, breathing difficulties, fever (high temperature). If you do have symptoms of coronavirus, phone your GP/GP Out Of Hours Service or local emergency department (ED) without delay.
We wish to reiterate that anyone with symptoms should not show up at their GP/ GP Out of Hours Service or ED unannounced
We would like to remind the public that the most important steps we can all take right now are to:
1) Wash our hands, thoroughly and regularly for at least 20 seconds.
2) Stop the spread of infections by covering your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, either with a tissue or your arm.
3) Go to HSE.ie/coronavirus for the best and most current information as the situation evolves. If you have particular concerns, you can ring HSE Live on 1850 24 1850
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