Tributes have been paid by a Castlerea GP to the staff at a County Roscommon nursing home who are “fighting tooth and nail” to get their patients through an outbreak of Covid-19.
Dr. Madeleine Ni Dhalaigh told the Roscommon Herald that “the nurses, carers and cleaners are fighting tooth and nail to get their residents through the outbreak” and she described their “selfless commitment” as “admirable” and “humbling”.
Dr. Ni Dhalaigh added that the staff are “up to their eyes” providing up close and personal care to a very vulnerable group of people and not one of them has yet been vaccinated. She went on to say that that a planned vaccination date of January 20th may not now go ahead and she has sought answers from the HSE and Health Minister Stephen Donnelly on the issue.
The GP, who has patients in the nursing home and who visited the facility this afternoon, Tuesday, said that she herself has not yet been vaccinated, but she is hopeful that GPs, who are providing frontline care in the community, will be given an indication shortly of when vaccinations will take place.
She says that from what she and her colleagues have witnessed in the nursing home with the latest outbreak of Covid, the care the patients are receiving is second to none.
Dr. Ni Dhalaigh assured families that everything possible is being done for their loved ones. She acknowledged that it is a stressful time for families not being able to visit their loved ones in nursing homes and particularly stressful when a home is dealing with an outbreak of Covid. However, she said that the “care is excellent” and she has great “admiration” for the work being done in the midst of a very stressful situation.