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Hospital staff worried public may not be adhering to guidelines

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Hospital staff at University Hospital Kerry (UHK) are appealing to members of the public to follow Government guidelines relating to social distancing and hygiene, to ensure that they do not contribute to spreading the Coronavirus.

 

Every department and service in UHK: medical, nursing, allied health professionals, support staff, management and administration staff, have been working incredibly hard to prepare for and accommodate COVID-19 patients.

 

Hospital staff are changing roles, working in areas of the hospital they normally wouldn’t, adapting their practice and learning new skills – all to make sure that UHK is as prepared as it can be for the inevitable increase in patients presenting to the hospital.

 

However, staff at the hospital are worried that some members of the public may not be adhering to the guidelines and restrictions introduced by the Government to combat the COVID-19 virus.

 

“The best way to minimise the risk of COVID-19 is to simply to stay at home,” Dr Niamh Feely, Clinical Director at University Hospital Kerry, said. 

 

“We want to remind members of the public to adhere to the Government’s measures, which were put in place to ensure your safety. Failure to follow these guidelines will put extra pressure on the hospital system, which unfortunately could seriously impact you, your family, your neighbours or friends and this is the last thing any of us want.

 

 

“Most people are doing their very best to ensure their own safety and that of others and we thank you for this. However, there may be some members of the public who are not adhering to the advice. We are appealing to people to think before they act and to ask themselves if their journey is necessary, are they keeping the appropriate distance, following cough etiquette and washing their hands. The pathway through this challenge lies in all our hands.”

 

People are asked to visit www.hse.ie to receive the latest guidance and updates relating to COVID-19.

 

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No spare change – no problem, as charity embraces new technology

By Sean Moriarty With less and less people carrying lose change around, one local group have now embraced a new technology to make donating much easier. For their annual Christmas fundraiser, the Killarney Conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society will have a special collection bucket that will allow supporters to use their bank […]

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With less and less people carrying lose change around, one local group have now embraced a new technology to make donating much easier.

For their annual Christmas fundraiser, the Killarney Conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society will have a special collection bucket that will allow supporters to use their bank card to make a donation.

The Society’s annual churchgate collection will be held on the weekend of December 11/12 at places of worship in the town and surrounding areas. This year’s collection has be renamed as ‘Giving Sunday’ and makes a return after the pandemic forced the cancellation of last year’s fundraiser.

“We are moving towards a cashless society,” explained Killarney Conference President Breda O’Dwyer. “You can tap and swipe your card to make a donation.”

Breda added that they are hoping to have the buckets ready by next week in time for the collection.

She said the local conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society has seen a marked increase in the number of families it is helping mainly caused by the increase in the cost of fuel and home heating products.

The annual St Vincent De Paul Society’s Christmas Jumper Day, in association with Radio Kerry is scheduled for December 10.

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SURVEY: Locals are reducing their social contacts

It is just over a week since new restrictions were announced by the Government in an another effort to curb the spread of COVID-19. In our latest online poll we asked our readers if they had reduced their social contacts over the course of the last week. An overwhelming 62.90% said they had reduced their […]

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It is just over a week since new restrictions were announced by the Government in an another effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.

In our latest online poll we asked our readers if they had reduced their social contacts over the course of the last week.

An overwhelming 62.90% said they had reduced their level of contacts with people.

Interestingly, 37.10% of people had made no change to their lifestyle, but they could have been extra cautious already.

A tiny minority – just 1.61% – said they increased their social contacts over the last week.

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