By Sean Moriarty

Cork Kerry Community Healthcare is appealing for healthcare staff – particularly nurses and healthcare assistants – to make themselves available in an effort to combat COVID-19 in residential facilities, community hospitals and in private nursing homes.

Cork Kerry Community Healthcare, Chief Officer, Michael Fitzgerald is concerned at the number of outbreaks in several residential facilities. He is also worried that Cork Kerry Community Healthcare will not be able to maintain staffing levels at these facilities.

“As we know, the situation has deteriorated significantly over the last few days and the next few weeks are predicted to be the most challenging of the pandemic so far,” he said in a widely circulated email.

“I am now asking any one who can assist in providing essential care in these facilities to come forward by contacting the HSE offices or any staff member. Perhaps you can work some extra hours or shifts, or perhaps you have a nursing qualification and can return to a ward? Or maybe you currently work part-time and might be able to work more hours to help our residents through the next few weeks?”