The present coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak has placed many individuals at risk and we all have a responsibility to protect and minimise the spread.
Since it started in China in December 2019 is has affecting 42 countries. In the last 48 hours the impact in the Munster region has become more evident.
However, more than 80% of affected patients experience mild illness and recover. Only a very small percentage develop serious symptoms, mainly older people, and people with pre-existing medical conditions. The advice from health experts and official organisations is to stay alert, but don’t panic.
Pain Clinics & Procedures
At this point all the pain clinics shall continue as planned. You should attend for your appointment as arranged. We shall be taking several precautions to protect you so please do not be offended if we do not shake your hand!
If you have had close contact with someone with Covid-19 the you may need to take action. Close contact means:
- spending more than 15 minutes face-to-face contact within 2 metres of an infected person
- living in the same house or shared accommodation as an infected person
If you feel you are at risk please avoid visiting Mater Private Hospital particularly if you have been exposed to the virus, have visited any affected area and/or have any related symptoms.
These are precautionary measures to protect the safety of our patients, staff and visitors in Mater Private Hospital. We appreciate your cooperation, thank you.
If you cannot attend because you have or might have Covid-19 then please ring Pain Relief Ireland on 021- 235 5500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will reschedule your appointments when you are feeling well again.
Having a pain procedure when you are unwell is not advised. If you were to attend for an appointment and have Covid-19 symptoms then your procedure will be cancelled.
What are we doing to protect you?
Our priority at Pain Relief Ireland is your safety. This is why we want to reinforce a prevention initiative in order to protect you, in accordance to the World Health Organisation (WHO) Guidelines:
- Wash hands often with antiseptic soap and water.
- Regularly wipe down surfaces with cleaning spray and/or wipes. In keeping with normal infective control policy we use disposable equipment where possible.
- Stay informed about potential incidents in their region and latest developments and areas to avoid, if any.
- If any member of our team show any symptoms, they will follow our protocol and contact a GP and follow the HSE guidelines.
These are precautionary measures to protect the safety of our patients, staff and visitors in Mater Private Hospital.
These are simple steps we can all take in order to protect ourselves from infection. Social distancing from people that show symptoms is one of the main protective measures we can all take.
We appreciate your cooperation, thank you.