Many Kerry health services affected by nurses’ strike

Many Kerry health services will be affected by tomorrow’s nurses strike.

The strike will take place at all public hospitals, healthcare facilities, and community healthcare services from 8am tomorrow to 8am Thursday.

A number of areas, including cancer and maternity services, however, will continue to operate as normal.

In University Hospital Kerry, with the exception of cancer surgery cases all other planned in-patient and day case surgeries are cancelled, as are all out-patient appointments.

Services that will operate include urgent cancer surgery, emergency theatres, in-patient wards,
maternity services, critical care, colposcopy services, oncology services including chemotherapy and radiotherapy, dialysis, the emergency department, and planned obstetric procedures.

The HSE is advising that patients only attend emergency services if absolutely essential.

In community services, all public day centres for older people or people with disabilities, where nurses are employed, will close.

All routine community nursing services and health centre clinics where nurses participate
will be cancelled.

All day hospitals or out-patient appointments in community nursing hospitals/units will be
cancelled.

Services that will operate include planned essential services at home, long term care of older people and people with intellectual disability, palliative care, and limited newborn screening services.