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Defence Forces brought in to help Mercy Hospital prepare for Covid-19 surge

Members of the Defence Forces are onsite at the Mercy University Hospital (MUH) in Cork today where they are helping to erect tents outside the facility in order to “maximise site capability” at the city hospital.

It comes as the latest figures show the number of cases of COVID-19 in Cork and across the country is continuing to rise, with 3,447 cases now reported nationally.

A total of 255 cases were reported in Cork up to midnight on Monday night.

Health services have been working around the clock to prepare to respond to the surge of the outbreak, which is expected here in a fortnight.

This afternoon a spokesperson for the Mercy University Hospital confirmed that it is engaging with the Defence Forces for logistical support as part of its COVID-19 preparedness plan.

 Defence Force personnel from 1 Brigade and The Irish Naval Service work together erecting Multi-Purpose Tactical Soft Shelters (MPTSS's) outside the Mercy University Hospital at Grenville Place, Cork City in support of the HSE's Covid-19 treatment strategy at the city centre hospital. Pic; Larry Cummins
Defence Force personnel from 1 Brigade and The Irish Naval Service work together erecting Multi-Purpose Tactical Soft Shelters (MPTSS’s) outside the Mercy University Hospital at Grenville Place, Cork City in support of the HSE’s Covid-19 treatment strategy at the city centre hospital.
Pic; Larry Cummins

“This is in line with HSE protocols and allows MUH to maximise site capability.

“The support includes the use of marquees in close proximity to the hospital that will provide the necessary physical distancing space for staff and ED patient flow,” the spokesperson said.

 

 

 

 Defence Force personnel from 1 Brigade and The Irish Naval Service work together erecting Multi-Purpose Tactical Soft Shelters (MPTSS's) outside the Mercy University Hospital at Grenville Place, Cork City in support of the HSE's Covid-19 treatment strategy at the city centre hospital. Pic; Larry Cummins
Defence Force personnel from 1 Brigade and The Irish Naval Service work together erecting Multi-Purpose Tactical Soft Shelters (MPTSS’s) outside the Mercy University Hospital at Grenville Place, Cork City in support of the HSE’s Covid-19 treatment strategy at the city centre hospital.
Pic; Larry Cummins

Earlier this week, South/South West Hospital Group confirmed that four private hospitals, including two in Cork, will join its group for the duration of the COVID-19 crisis.

It means that eight facilities will now operate as part of the group in Cork namely; Cork University Hospital, Cork University Maternity Hospital, Mercy University Hospital, South Infirmary Victoria University Hospital, Bantry General Hospital, Mallow General Hospital, the Bon Secours Cork, and the Mater Private Hospital Cork.

 

From EchoLive.