HERO: Anne Walsh, from Ardaneanig, Killarney, Critical Care Project Lead for COVID-19 in University Hospital Kerry is thankful to the public for adhering to Government restrictions.
By Michelle Crean
Hospital staff in Kerry are now living apart from their families in a bid to keep them safe from the highly infectious COVID-19 virus.
Killarney woman, Anne Walsh, who is Critical Care Project Lead for COVID-19 at University Hospital Kerry (UHK) hasn’t physically seen her family, including her two teenage children, for a month as she tries to protect them from potentially getting infected.
However, speaking exclusively to the Killarney Advertiser yesterday (Thursday), Anne from Ardaneanig, said that she’s not the only one, as a lot of staff are now making the ultimate sacrifice.
“Obviously it’s a risk,” she said.
“We need to be mindful of keeping them safe. I have been living separately from my family for a month.”
She added that a number of staff are availing temporary accommodation for healthcare workers to reduce interactions with others and prevent the spread of Coronavirus in their residential settings and in the community. However, Anne herself remains in Killarney.
“A lot of families are living separately from their families.”
She added that she’s thankful to the public who are adhering to the Government guidelines, and also to her family for their understanding.
In the hospital, although they’ve had to move fast in learning new technologies and adjust as staff were redeployed to critical care and the emergency department, there is great camaraderie.
“There has been a lot of work done by staff in upskilling and preparing becoming more knowledgeable about the particular care required with COVID-19. It certainly is more fast paced between learning to use new technologies and there has been movement of various staff from the emergency department and critical care. But there’s great team spirit. The community is second to none, everybody is going above and beyond across different departments. Only for how serious and traumatic this is, the work has brought everyone together.”
And the community support, including the many donations of food and other items, is adding to that sentiment, she added.
“We’re very grateful. People are so kind and feel that they’re contributing something. Every single contribution is appreciated. We don’t have the same interactions with people as we previously did so it’s a great boost to morale.”
However, she was keen to add that the most important message to get across to the public from hospital staff is to keep adhering to the Government guidelines in order to keep the contagion at bay, which will greatly reduce the amount of cases being admitted to the hospital.
What to look out for when viewing second hand homes
By Ted Healy of DNG TED HEALY After spending so long saving for a mortgage and filling in countless application forms, you are now ready to begin your house hunting in earnest. Set yourself a budget and have a look to see what is available in your desired locations within that budget. Viewing appointments can […]
By Ted Healy of DNG TED HEALY
After spending so long saving for a mortgage and filling in countless application forms, you are now ready to begin your house hunting in earnest.
Set yourself a budget and have a look to see what is available in your desired locations within that budget.
Viewing appointments can be arranged via a telephone call or a simple email to the selling agent. When making the appointment make it clear that the mortgage is in place and you are ‘ready to go’.
This week we will deal with viewing second hand homes and what to look out for on that first property viewing.
When you arrive at a house, you’ll get a general feel outside of how well it’s been maintained. Arrive early and study the exterior of the property before going in, and have a glance at neighbouring properties. This will help you to get your bearings before continuing with the viewing.
If viewing an older house, a musty smell is the first red flag for signs of damp. Also be wary of the smell of fresh paint; was this done to simply freshen the property up or what is it covering up? Is paintwork bubbling or flaking?
Take note of any wall cracking; hairline cracks in walls and ceilings are generally fine, but if you can spot a crack from the other side of the room, then it’s probably big enough to be concerned about.
In older houses, take a good look at windows and roofs. Window frames can slope downward if there are poor ground conditions underneath, and the roof of the house can sag in too.
Is there room to extend? If you are lucky enough that there is have a look for external manhole covers; it gives a good indication of the drainage and pipe layout which may complicate a future extension.
Don’t be afraid to ask the nosy questions; why is the house for sale? How long has it been on the market? How long have the current owners resided there? Has the house been rented out frequently? How many times has it changed hands in the last decade? Have there been any refurbishments? Has it been rewired/replumbed? Who are the neighbours? What is included in the selling price?
It is a good idea to take photos (with the agents consent) or videos as this will help you remember the property after you have returned home.
And finally, don’t be afraid to ask for more time. Spend as much time as you think you need to and don’t hesitate to request a second viewing.
Bus to Belfast to stay on the road
A Kerry TD has today (Monday) welcomed the news that the Bus to Belfast is to stay on the road. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae said assurances from the Department of Health that The Northern Ireland Planned Healthcare Scheme (NI PHS), which has been in effective operation since January 1 this year, will remain in place until […]
A Kerry TD has today (Monday) welcomed the news that the Bus to Belfast is to stay on the road.
Deputy Michael Healy-Rae said assurances from the Department of Health that The Northern Ireland Planned Healthcare Scheme (NI PHS), which has been in effective operation since January 1 this year, will remain in place until a new a statutory scheme is put in place.
The Kerry deputy avails of this service for his constituents on a regular basis and said many were concerned that the scheme may come to an end due to Brexit.
“What this will mean to so many of my constituents is that they can continue to avail of this scheme for treatments for cataract removals by travelling from Kerry by bus to Belfast so that they can get treated in a timely manner and get back to living their lives in a healthy manner,” Deputy Healy-Rae said.
“I am delighted that the Government has seen the good sense to help continue this scheme and I’m delighted that the pressure of representation that I have brought to this scheme will see it continue.”
The Scheme was first introduced to mitigate the loss of access to care from private providers in Northern Ireland under the EU Cross Border Directive, which ceased to apply as a result of Brexit. However, the Government intends to place the administrative NI PHS on a statutory basis and an extensive examination of options to inform the drafting of a General Scheme is currently underway with confirmation that the administrative scheme will remain until such time that a statutory scheme is in place.
Patients also continue to have access to health services under the EU Cross Border Directive Scheme in all other remaining EU/EEA countries.
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