Seek help if you need it.
That’s the message from Health Service Executive chief Paul Reid, as he confirmed that, despite the pressure now faced by frontline healthcare workers amid the pandemic, all patients continue to be treated with the utmost care.
A further 63 Covid-19 related deaths were reported yesterday, with 3,569 new cases, 416 of which were in Cork. 1,770 patients are hospitalised, of which 172 are in ICU.
“Talking to many of our frontline clinical & nursing teams today, they again relayed the increasing strain that they are under. But they also stress that nobody should feel guilty about getting #COVID19 or needing their care. They restate they are there for us.” Mr Reid tweeted.
Talking to many of our frontline clinical & nursing teams today, they again relayed the increasing strain that they are under. But they also stress that nobody should feel guilty about getting #COVID19 or needing their care. They restate they are their for us. #proud @HSELive
— Paul Reid (@paulreiddublin) January 13, 2021
Lumps, bumps or chest pain? Get it checked out…
Reiterating the plea for anyone who is experiencing health issues of any kind to seek treatment immediately, Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan said it is important to “remind those that need acute care that hospitals are there for those that need them”.
“No one should ignore any worrying signs that may need medical attention, such as lumps, chest pain or other new symptoms,” said Dr Holohan.
“Phone your GP if you have any concerns, not just those related to COVID-19.”
Dr Holohan said that while he is seeing some early signs of progress with daily case numbers and positivity rates, “we have a long, long way to go.”
“In the coming weeks ahead, we will need to draw upon our reserves of resilience from springtime as we can expect to see hospitalisations, admissions to ICU and mortality related to COVID-19 increase day on day,” he added.