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Hospitals go public to fight virus

Wednesday, 1st April, 2020 5:18pm

The HSE is to use facilities at two private hospitals in Cork in a bid to combat the Covid-19 virus.

It follows on from an agreement which was reached between the Government and the Private Hospitals Association on Monday which was put in place as part of the State’s efforts to fight the virus and will remain in place for the duration of the Covid-19 crisis.

The South/South West Hospital Group (S/SWHG) confirmed on Tuesday that the Bon Secours Cork, Mater Private Hospital Cork as well as the Bon Secours Kerry and UPMC Whitfield in Waterford will be working with the South/South West Hospital Group in their efforts to combat the Covid-19 virus.

Gerry O’Dwyer, CEO, South/South West Hospital Group said: “Access to services available in these four hospitals is a very welcome addition to the group’s overall resources at this time. The S/SWHG have always enjoyed an excellent and cooperative working relationship with the private hospitals in the group’s area.

“I have no doubt that the agreement will bring together important health facilities that will improve the capacity of the S/SWHG in terms of beds, care units, intensive care and other necessary facilities that are required to address this crisis. I thank the hospitals concerned for their support and look forward to working with them at this challenging time as we strive to care for all patients in our area.”

He also thanked the staff and management of the hospitals in the S/SWHG while adding: “The perseverance which staff across the group have all shown and their ongoing commitment to providing the best possible care to our patients is greatly appreciated. I and everyone else throughout the country are deeply grateful to our healthcare staff. You have all gone well above and beyond the call of duty.”

Finally, the group CEO is encouraging everyone to keep themselves updated using trusted sources like HSE.ie and to follow the guideline provided.

“We all have a part to play in combating this virus, if we work together and follow the advice, we will get through this challenge,” he concluded.

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