Kerry health services affected by nurses’ strike

A number of health services in Kerry will be impacted by tomorrow’s nurses’ strike.

35,000 nurses will take to the picket lines around the country tomorrow, in a row over increased staffing levels and increased pay.

Appointments and day surgeries scheduled at University Hospital Kerry and community healthcare services will be cancelled as a result.

All out patient, inpatient and day surgery appointments at University Hospital Kerry will be cancelled; while the injury unit will also remain closed.

University Hospital Kerry management are urging people to only attend the hospital for emergency services if absolutely essential.

A number of community healthcare services will also be impacted.

Routine community nursing services and health centre nurse clinics will be cancelled, while some public day centres and day hospitals for older people or those with disabilities will close.

All planned admissions, including respite and rehabilitation, to public community nursing units and specified centres for people with intellectual disability will also be cancelled during the strike.

Palliative care services will operate as normal, while essential services in the home, and health centres such urgent wound care and screening of new born children, where essential, will take place.

Residential services will remain open tomorrow and care will be provided to residents. However, admission to community hospitals will be affected.