17 incidents nationwide during Storm Ophelia

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Irish Red Cross assist in 17 incidents nationwide during Storm Ophelia

38 units of the Irish Red Cross were on standby across the country during Storm Ophelia – a crucial measure given volunteers made 17 call-outs on Monday and Tuesday due to the savage weather conditions.

These call-outs saw volunteers transfer patients to hospital, and from hospital to nursing homes, while volunteers also facilitated transfers for essential hospital staff to work.

On Monday 16 October, the Irish Red Cross responded to twelve HSE requested ambulance call-outs related to storm conditions in Cork, Tipperary, Waterford, Kilkenny, Limerick, Clare and Laois. The callouts included patient transfers from acute hospitals, and discharges.

On Tuesday 17 October the Irish Red Cross was tasked, by the HSE, to assist with more patient transports where patients were discharged from acute beds to other care beds in Cork, Waterford, Tipperary and Galway. These discharges had been delayed due to the storm on Monday.

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On Sunday, correspondence was issued across the Irish Red Cross network by the chairman Pat Carey regarding pre alert for personnel while also advising measures be taken to secure Irish Red Cross properties and vehicles from possible wind damage and flash flooding.

The Joint Voluntary Control Centre (JVCC) on Clyde Road, Dublin was opened on Monday and Tuesday. This centre provides the HSE ambulance control with a single point of contact with the voluntary ambulance sector in Ireland.

On Monday at lunchtime, a teleconference was convened by the HSE National Ambulance Service and HSE Major Emergency Management with national officers of the Irish Red Cross, Order of Malta and St John Ambulance Brigade. That teleconference heard the HSE placed the three voluntary ambulance services on “national standby”.

The Irish Red Cross National Director of Units, Tony Lawlor, took part in two teleconferences with the HSE in the JVCC on Tuesday. At the 2pm teleconference it was agreed to wind down the JVCC and stand down any ambulance crews who on standby but who had not yet been called.

All units on formal standby nationwide were stood down from approximately 3pm while the JVCC ceased operations from around 4pm. 

If you have any queries regarding storm Ophelia phone 01-642-4600 or email info@redcross.ie 

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