HSE Statement on Storm Barra – Health Service Disruptions

The advice from Met Eireann and the National Emergency Coordination Group (NECG), is to stay indoors for the duration of the weather warning and avoid unnecessary travel. Please check www.met.ie for the latest weather warnings.

Some HSE services will be closed with appointments cancelled.  Our priority is the safety of the public and of our staff, and we are focusing on keeping essential, life-saving services available in the parts of the country worst affected. This means that many other appointments may be cancelled, in the interests of the safety of the general public and of our staff.

Disruptions to HSE hospital and community services, Covid test and vaccination centres, school immunisations, BreastCheck, community day services etc. are affected, mainly along the south and west of the county. Please check www.hse.ie/stormbarra and HSELive on Twitter for updates on closed services and cancelled appointments.

The National Ambulance Service will prioritise emergency calls during this weather event but is urging the general public to think carefully before calling 999/112. The response to emergency calls may be hindered by road conditions and the number of emergency calls at any particular time. Personnel will do their utmost to reach those in greatest need of our emergency services.