Severe weather warning updates

Last updated 2.33pm 5 March 2018

The HSE will be providing updates on this webpage and @HSELive

Some important information during the severe weather:

  • Check you are stocked up with any medicines and health care supplies you may need this week.
  • Check in on elderly or vulnerable members of the community. Make sure they have food, fuel, water and medicines.
  • Know your eircode should you need an ambulance during the severe weather.
  • Check winterready.ie for general advice about minding you and your family in adverse weather conditions.

Updates 5 March 2018

Update on restoration of services

7.30pm 5 March 2018

Update from HSE National Crisis Management Team (NCMT) on the restoration plan for health services in the aftermath of Storm Emma.

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Hospital and community health services in Galway, Mayo and Roscommon

2.33pm 5 March 2018

Most services are either now running as normal or will be fully restored very shortly. However, knock-on effects expected for the week ahead.

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BreastCheck services

9.38am 5 March 2018

BreastCheck services have resumed and all appointments will go ahead as normal. New appointments will be posted out as soon as possible to those women affected by cancellations. If necessary, please contact your local BreastCheck unit with any queries.

Updates 4 March 2018

Dublin Midlands Hospital Group

8.55pm 4 March 2018

Dublin Midlands Hospital Group incorporates the Midland Regional Hospitals at Tullamore, Portlaoise & Naas, Tallaght Hospital, St James’s Hospital, St. Lukes Radiation Oncology Network and the Coombe Women & Infants University Hospital.

Outpatients will run as normal in all Hospitals tomorrow, Monday 5th of March.

Patients should only attend if it is safe for them to travel. If unable to attend please call the contact number on your appointment letter tomorrow to inform the Hospital.

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UL Hospitals Group update

7.40pm 4 March 2018

All outpatient appointments will go ahead as planned across all our hospital sites on 5 March.

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South East Community Healthcare services

6.25pm 4 March 2018

Focus is on restoring normal service delivery on 5 March.

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HSE statement: Update on restoration of services

6.08pm 4 March 2018

All non-urgent surgeries planned for 5 March cancelled. Non-urgent surgeries planned for 6 March will be reviewed on Monday.

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St. Luke's General Hospital Carlow and Kilkenny

5.30pm 4 March 2018

All day surgery and day cases are cancelled 5 March. Outpatients will proceed as per normal.

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HSE Midlands Louth Meath Community Care

4.45pm 4 March 2018

The focus now is on restoring normal service from tomorrow morning 5 March.

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Galway Hospitals

4.20pm 4 March 2018

Outpatients will run as normal in University Hospital Galway, Merlin Park University Hospital and Portiuncula University Hospital on 5 March.

Urgent electives and day case surgery will go ahead. Some curtailment of non-urgent elective procedures will be necessary over the coming days.

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St. James's Hospital

3.30pm 4 March 2018

All outpatients services will resume as normal 5 March.

All elective inpatient surgery and all day surgery procedures are cancelled 5 March.

All other planned procedures will proceed as normal.

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HSE services in Cork and Kerry

2.24pm 4 March 2018

Most services are either now running as normal or will soon be fully restored. However, the disruption may have a knock-on effect for the week ahead.  Out-patient appointments at acute hospitals will recommence 5 March.

Community Healthcare services in primary care, disability services, services for older people and mental health will be as normal 5 March.

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Children's Hospital Group

2.03pm 4 March 2018

Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin, Temple Street Children’s University Hospital and National Children’s Hospital at Tallaght Hospital.
 
Outpatient clinics and elective and routine procedures will go ahead as planned at each of the three children's hospitals 5 March. There may continue to be an impact on some services into early next week.

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HSE in the Mid West Stands Down Crisis Management Team

1.54pm 4 March 2018

The HSE Mid West Crisis Management Team was today stood down by its Chair Bernard Gloster, Chief Officer, HSE Mid West Community Healthcare.

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Tallaght Hospital

1.30pm 4 March 2018

Out-patients in both Adult and Paediatric Services will run as normal 5 March.  

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Updates 3 March 2018

HSE Statement: Update on the restoration of services

6.20pm 3 March 2018

The HSE National Crisis Management Team (NCMT) met again today, Saturday 3 March 2018, to plan for the restoration of health services in the aftermath of Storm Emma. Both hospital and community services have suffered big disruptions due to the unprecedented snowfall and the focus now is on restoring normal service as soon as possible. In particular, the NCMT is conscious of the massive effort put in by all staff, both frontline and support staff, to keep services open and to ensure that those most in need received treatment. These staff will now need a period of rest and this will impact staff rosters and service delivery over the coming week. We have commenced our recovery plan which will take us through the next ten days.

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Updated Media Statement: Wexford General Hospital (WGH) – including Ely Hospital, Wexford

6.03pm 3 March 2018

Wexford General Hospital - cancelled for Monday, 5th March, 2018. Please note the following:

Due to ongoing severe weather conditions in Wexford all Outpatient clinics, Radiology and Cardiac Diagnostics have been cancelled for Monday, 5th March 2018. Consequently, patients do not need to attend or contact the hospital and their appointments will be rescheduled as soon as possible.

Updated Media Statement: UL Hospitals Group Weather Alert

3.45pm 3 March 2018

This morning, Saturday 3rd March Met Eireann downgraded the weather warning to Orange for Munster.  UL Hospitals Group encourages people to take extreme care as they begin to go out and about to prevent slips, trips and falls.

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Staff Update

9.00am 3 March 2018

Bus Eireann routes that are operating will divert to hospitals (even if slightly off route) to deliver HSE staff to hospitals.

Updates 2 March 2018

HSE severe weather statement

5.12pm 2 March 2018

All non-urgent surgeries planned for Saturday 3 March cancelled. GP Out of Hours service is operational but will face challenges in going to see people in their own homes.

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South South West Hospital Group

4.10pm 2 March 2018

Cork University Hospital, University Hospital Kerry, Bantry General Hospital and Mallow General Hospital have put arrangements in place to ensure the continuation of essential services for chemotherapy and dialysis patients as well as those coming in for urgent surgery.

Dublin Midlands Hospital Group

4.00pm 2 March 2018

Dublin Midlands Hospital Group incorporates the Midland Regional Hospitals at Tullamore, Portlaoise & Naas, Tallaght Hospital, St James’s Hospital, St. Lukes Radiation Oncology Network and the Coombe Women & Infants University Hospital.

There will be continued impact on hospitals services over the weekend and into the early part of next week. Emergency services and all essential planned services for cancer, renal and antenatal care are continuing. 

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HSE Midlands Louth Meath Community Care

13.46pm 2 March 2018

There will continue to be a significant impact on services over the weekend.

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RCSI Hospital Group 

2.45pm 2 March 2018

Beaumont Hospital, Connolly Hospital, Rotunda Hospital, Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Louth County Hospital, Cavan & Monaghan Hospitals.

Emergency services and all essential planned services in all hospitals are continuing.  

Read full statement for an update on services for Monday 5 March.

UL Hospitals Group

12.01pm 2 March 2018

All elective surgery and outpatient appointments are cancelled in the majority of cases across UL Hospitals Group (University Hospital Limerick, University Maternity Hospital Limerick, Ennis Hospital, Nenagh Hospital, St John’s Hospital and Croom Orthopaedic Hospital) today 2 March.

The Emergency Department at UHL, Injury Units at Ennis, Nenagh and St John’s and Medical Assessment Units at UHL, Ennis, Nenagh and St John’s are operating as normal today Friday 2nd March and over the weekend. The Maternity Emergency Unit at University Maternity Hospital Limerick will also continue to operate on a 24-hour basis.

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University Hospital Galway, Merlin Park University Hospital and Portiuncula University Hospital

11.48am 2 March 2018

All clinics and elective procedures are cancelled in University Hospital Galway, Merlin Park University Hospital and Portiuncula University Hospital with the exception of essential services. We will contact patients directly to reschedule their appointments as quickly as possible.

St. James’s Hospital

10.47am 2 March 2018

All outpatient appointments have been cancelled today Friday 2 March. All elective activity and ambulatory appointments have also been cancelled. The Emergency Department remains open and patients who attend will be seen.

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Cork and Kerry Community Healthcare

10.38am 2 March 2018

All non-essential clinics and appointments are cancelled across Cork and Kerry today.

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Updates 1 March 2018

HSE severe weather statement

5.53pm 1 March 2018

Latest information for the public during the severe weather conditions.

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HSE Markievicz House Sligo

5.11pm 1 March 2018

HSE Markievicz House, Sligo will be open Friday 2 March in the morning and will provide limited emergency service from there, weather permitting. Markievicz House will be available to mental health clients from 12 midday tomorrow also and reception desk will be manned.

Donegal dental emergencies

4.32pm 1 March 2018

Dental emergencies in Donegal should present to the Emergency Department in Letterkenny University Hospital who will contact the dentist on call.

Dublin Midlands Hospital Group

3.25pm 1 March 2018

Electives and outpatient appointments for 1 March and 2 March cancelled. Emergency services and all essential planned services for cancer, renal and antenatal care are continuing.

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HSE’s South East Crisis Management Team update

2.55pm 1 March 2018

Only essential public services will operate on 1 March and 2 March in counties Carlow, Kilkenny, South Tipperary, Waterford and Wexford.

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HSE Midlands Update

2.45pm 1 March 2018

There will be reduced services in Louth, Meath, Laois, Offaly, Westmeath and Longford for both Midoc and Nedoc from this Thursday at 3pm. The available service will be nurse advice. Please phone the service first. Midoc 1850 302 702. Nedoc 1850 777 911.

HSE Cork and Kerry

2.33pm 1 March 2018

Significant impact on services today and tomorrow.

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All outpatient appointments and non-urgent surgeries cancelled

12.46pm 1 March 2018

The HSE are advising that due to the evolving severe weather situation, with the entire country now under a red alert, all outpatient appointments and non-urgent surgeries planned for Thursday 1 March and Friday 2 March are cancelled. There is no need for patients to contact their hospital. Hospitals will be in touch over the coming weeks to reschedule their appointments. Patients who are scheduled for urgent surgery over these two days will be contacted by their hospital.

HSE CHO 1 Community Healthcare Services

11.56am 1 March 2018

Community Outpatient and Day Care Service appointments cancelled 1 March and 2 March.

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Roscommon University Hospital

11.25am 1 March 2018

Routine electives and outpatient appointments cancelled 1 March and 2 March.

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Sligo University Hospital

11.15am 1 March 2018 (updated 13.55pm 1 March 2018)

Routine electives and outpatient appointments cancelled 1 March and 2 March. All outpatient, endoscopy, day services and ophthalmic lists have been cancelled. Patients scheduled for chemotherapy and dialysis treatments are being contacted directly regarding their treatment plans. All patients with cancelled appointments will be contacted by the hospital regarding rescheduling of their appointments as early as possible.

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Galway University Hospitals and Portiuncula University Hospital

11.01am 1 March 2018

Routine electives and outpatient appointments cancelled 1 March and 2 March.

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Mayo University Hospital

10.52am 1 March 2018

Routine electives and outpatient appointments cancelled 1 March and 2 March.

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Letterkenny University Hospital

10.40am 1 March 2018

Routine Day Surgery and outpatient appointments cancelled 1 March and 2 March.

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Mid West Crisis Management Team statement

9.13am 1 March 2018

All routine Community Healthcare services across Clare, Limerick and North Tipperary are cancelled on Thursday and Friday. Only the most essential homecare and community nursing services are being prioritised, for delivery to older people and people with disabilities.

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Status red alert extended to entire country

7.49am 1 March 2018

The following warning has been issued by Met Éireann at 11pm Wednesday 28 February

Further heavy snow showers will bring accumulations of significant levels with all areas at risk. Blizzard conditions will develop from the south Thursday afternoon and evening as heavy snow and strong easterly winds bring snow drifts northwards over the country. Eastern and southern coastal counties will be worst affected. Valid from 11pm Wednesday 28 February to 3pm Friday 2 March

HSELive opening hours update

7.30am 1 March 2018

HSELive phone service will be closed Thursday 1 March and Friday 2 March. LiveChat and email will be available.

Updates 28 February 2018

Statement from South / South West Hospital Group

9.08pm 28 February 2018

All elective and outpatient appointments have been cancelled for Thursday 1 March and Friday 2 March in the following hospitals:

  • Cork University Hospital.
  • University Hospital Waterford.
  • University Hospital Kerry.
  • Mercy University Hospital.
  • South Tipperary General Hospital.
  • South Infirmary Victoria University Hospital.
  • Bantry General Hospital.
  • Mallow General Hospital.
  • Lourdes Orthopaedic Hospital Kilcreene.

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Portiuncula University Hospital cancel elective inpatient and day case procedures and outpatient clinics

7.19pm 28 February 2018

Portiuncula University Hospital have cancelled all elective inpatient and day case procedures scheduled for Thursday 1 March and Friday 2 March. Outpatient clinics on Friday 1 March have also been cancelled.

RCSI Hospital Group severe weather statement

6.35pm 28 February 2018

All outpatient clinics have been cancelled in Beaumont Hospital, Connolly Hospital, Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Louth County Hospital, Cavan & Monaghan Hospitals on Thursday 1 March and Friday 2 March 2018.

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HSE statement

5.55pm 28 February 2018

Only essential public services will operate on Thursday and Friday in the areas where a red warning exists - currently Munster and Leinster. Our Hospital Groups and Community Health Organisations will prioritise critical services and other services will not operate over those two days.

For our hospitals this will mean cancellation of non-urgent outpatients and most elective work. Other non-essential services in Munster and Leinster will not operate over Thursday and Friday and the National Directors in those divisions will advise their staff on which services are essential over this period.

In Connacht and Ulster where an orange warning exists we anticipate some difficulties for both staff and patients in getting to work and appointments. Our local service managers in those areas will make decisions based on the prevailing weather.

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UL Hospitals Group statement

5.01pm 28 February 2018

Elective surgery and outpatient appointments are being cancelled in the majority of cases across UL Hospitals Group (University Hospital Limerick, University Maternity Hospital Limerick, Ennis Hospital, Nenagh Hospital, St John’s Hospital and Croom Orthopaedic Hospital) this Thursday and Friday, March 1st and 2nd.

The Emergency Department at UHL, Injury Units at Ennis, Nenagh and St John’s and Medical Assessment Units at UHL, Ennis, Nenagh and St John’s will operate as normal on Thursday and Friday. The Maternity Emergency Unit at University Maternity Hospital Limerick will also continue to operate on a 24-hour basis.

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HSE’s South East service updates

4.42pm 28 February 2018

The HSE’s South East Crisis Management Team has issued service updates for the following:

  • University Hospital Waterford (UHW) – including Kilkcreene Orthopaedic Hospital, Kilkenny.
  • Wexford General Hospital (WGH) – including Ely Hospital, Wexford.
  • St. Luke’s General Hospital Carlow/Kilkenny (SLGH).
  • South Tipperary General Hospital (STGH).
  • Primary Care (including Community Care) services in the South East.
  • Social Care (including elderly care and disability services) services in the South East.
  • Mental Health Services in the South East.

Read the updates in full

Community Healthcare updates for: Cavan, Donegal, Leitrim, and Monaghan & Sligo

3.54pm 28 February 2018

All HSE CHO 1 Community services (Cavan, Donegal, Leitrim, and Monaghan & Sligo) are currently proceeding as normal today.

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HSELive opening hours

3.34pm 28 February 2018

HSELive phone service will be closed Thursday 1 March and Friday 2 March. LiveChat and email will be available.

Dublin Midlands Hospital Group cancel routine electives and outpatient appointments

1.48pm 28 February 2018

Dublin Midlands Hospital Group have cancelled routine electives and outpatient appointments for the next two days.

Dublin Midlands Hospital Group incorporates the Midland Regional Hospitals at Tullamore, Portlaoise & Naas, Tallaght Hospital, St James Hospital St. Lukes Radiation Oncology Network and the Coombe Women & Infants University Hospital.

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Cork and Kerry Community Healthcare statement

12.08pm 28 February 2018

Cork and Kerry Community Healthcare non-essential clinics and appointments on Thursday and Friday have been cancelled.

Day services for older people and those will disabilities will not take place on Thursday and Friday.

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Statement from Children’s Hospital Group

10.56am 28 February 2018

Some outpatient clinics, elective and routine procedures scheduled for today in Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin, Temple Street Children’s University Hospital and the National Children’s Hospital, Tallaght have been cancelled. Please check hospital webpages for specific updates. 

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HSE weather statement

10.17am 28 February 2018

The HSE Severe Weather Plan is in place and the HSE stresses that at a local and national level our services are being impacted due to the severity of the weather conditions.

If you have a hospital, GP or health centre appointment today please contact the facility to ensure it is still taking place.  Do not make any unnecessary journeys and if you need to cancel a scheduled HSE appointment because you are unable travel, please make contact with the facility to advise them. Check the HSE Website or HSELive for contact details of HSE services and facilities.

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HSE Louth and Meath: essential services only

10.04am 28 February 2018

The HSE in Louth Meath will be focusing on essential services only as long as the red alert status remains.

All non-essential services are cancelled until further notice.

BreastCheck appointments cancelled

9.06am 28 February 2018

Due to adverse weather conditions, BreastCheck appointments have been cancelled in counties where a red weather warning has been issued. If you are unsure, please contact the BreastCheck unit on your appointment letter.

Advice for health sector staff

8.05am 28 February 2018

Issued by the National Director of Human Resources:

Get weather alerts for home and work locations from Met Éireann.

  • Familiarise yourself with local service continuity planning and their severe weather plan - available through line manager.
  • Read about local road conditions, alerts and safe driving on MEM.ie and AA Roadwatch and other motoring bodies.
  • Stay safe and avoid the many dangers from the adverse conditions
  • Keep contact with your line managers and other colleagues.

If staff need clarification on HR issues please contact the 24/7 mobile line on (086) 0255519 or email ask.hr@hse.ie

The HSE Severe Weather Plan

4.38pm 27 February 2018

The HSE Severe Weather Plan is in place and continues to be implemented. At a local and national level our services are likely to be impacted depending on the severity of the weather.

We will be monitoring the situation on an hour-by-hour basis and using all channels of communications to update patients / clients and the general public regarding any changes or postponements that may be necessary.  

All services are currently proceeding as normal today, Tuesday. 

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Cold weather warning for South East

11.40am 27 February 2018

Severe cold weather is predicted to affect counties Carlow, Kilkenny, South Tipperary, Waterford and Wexford.

The HSE will be monitoring the situation and advises that hospital and community healthcare services are working to ensure safe delivery of services for the public.

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