Visitor restrictions remain at community healthcare residential facilities in the South East

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Visitor restrictions remain in place at all residential care centres and facilities run under the auspices of the HSE/South East Community Healthcare across counties Carlow, Kilkenny, South Tipperary, Waterford, and Wexford.

The action has been underway in recent weeks as part of ongoing efforts to reduce the spread of Covid-19.

District and community hospitals, residential care centres for the elderly, accommodation units for those with disabilities and inpatient and continuing care facilities for mental health are all subject to the restrictions, which are being applied in the interest of patient care.

The HSE/South East Community Healthcare regrets this inconvenience but it is necessary to help maximise protection for both patients and staff.

Where appropriate, mobile phone contact between families should be considered as an alternative to visiting.

The HSE crisis management team for the South East is meeting locally several times a week, to ensure the acute hospital and community healthcare services are responding appropriately to the evolving circumstances.

The public is also reminded that the practice of good hand hygiene, in addition to good respiratory etiquette (re. coughing and sneezing), will help to protect healthcare workers and service users.

For updated and factual Public Health information and advice on COVID-19 Coronavirus, please visit hse.ie/coronavirus or call 1800 700 700

For the latest information on the Covid-19 Vaccine Programme, please visit hse.ie/covid-19-vaccine