Emergency services transport nurse snowed into home to Limerick maternity for duty

Fintan Walsh, Health Correspondent

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Emergency services transport nurse snowed into home to Limerick maternity for duty

A NURSE who was snowed into her home received a helping hand from the emergency services who transported her to University Maternity Hospital Limerick for duty this Thursday.

In a memo to all HSE staff in the Mid-West, chief officer Bernard Gloster advised that staff who were unable to travel due to Storm Emma could seek “specialist transport” to attend work.

And in this case, one neonatal intensive care nurse who was required for duty was able to call on emergency transport so that she could carry out her duties at the Ennis Road hospital.

It is understood that the Irish Red Cross and the Defence Forces have been deployed this week to carry out emergency transport to “essential staff”.

Meanwhile, around 200 staff working in hospitals across the Mid-West are expected to be accommodated in local hotels, which is being arranged by the UL Hospitals Group.

However, the Limerick Leader understands that a small number of staff were unaware of these arrangements, which had been communicated to staff on Wednesday.

It is understood that approximately 40 staff at UMHL are being accommodated in a hotel in the city centre.

“All staff were advised on Wednesday, February 28, and again on Thursday, March 1 that staff unable to travel to work during the on-going weather event could be accommodated in hotels once this was approved in advance with their line managers as room availability is at a premium.  This advice applies equally to nursing and all other staff who are again proving their dedication in keeping essential services running during this period.

“Nursing and other staff will be spending the night in hotels in Limerick, Clare and Tipperary and will do so again tomorrow night if required.

“The costs are being covered by UL Hospitals Group.  The Group would like to thank all staff for going above and beyond the call of duty in reporting for work and staying beyond their rostered hours during this time. As advised by the National Director of HR today, appropriate mechanisms will be found to acknowledge staff who are showing unbelievable commitment to their service and to the public despite the challenges,” a spokesperson for the UL Hospitals Group told the Leader this Thursday evening.

She added: “We expect that we will have close to 200 staff who will be accommodated in local hotels in Limerick, Ennis and Nenagh. In addition a number of staff who live distances from work have made arrangements with family, friends and colleagues to stay with them so they are more local to the hospitals, enabling them to report for duty in the morning.”