Francis and Sarah McInerney (10) from Kilkenny enjoying a snowball fight in Butler House Gardens in Kilkenny city PICTURE: PAT MOORE
From things like frozen water pipes and inaccessible roads to people not being able to get to hospital appointments or be visited by a public health nurse, a range of challenges present to the health services in inclement weather as regards ensuring that emergency services are prioritised and that we all get through a crisis as safely as possibly," the HSE has said.
We will do everything possible to maintain all essential services, particularly services to vulnerable people at home in the community. We appeal to people to check that they are stocked up with any medicines and health care supplies they may need this week. We ask people to remember that they may not be able to get to a pharmacy if conditions are poor.”
“The usual advice to the public in preparing for poor conditions is to make sure you have the three “Fs” stocked up – that’s food, fuel and fluids. Where it is safe to do so, we’d ask people to consider checking in on elderly or vulnerable members of the community, and to make sure they have supplies of food, fuel, water and medicines. Further updates will issue during the week. As part of the ongoing preparations, the HSE remains in constant contact and active engagement with all other relevant agencies, and we would like to thank them for their continued work and support. The Winter Ready website, www.winterready.ie has useful advice for all.”