Hotel and hospital staff combine forces to keep South Tipperary General serving the community

Michael Heverin

Reporter:

Michael Heverin

Hotel and hospital staff combine forces to keep South Tipperary General serving the community

Clonmel Park Hotel - the nerve centre to keep the hospital fully operational.

While shops, offices and industry across Tipperary have been closed at the height of the snow storm, South Tipperary General Hospital has not had that luxury.

It continues to care for its patients 24/7 and irrespective of the weather.

And allowing them to maintain adequate staffing levels is an accommodation roster in operation at the Clonmel Park Hotel.

Accommodating the staff in the nearby hotel ensures they are close-by for duty and won't be unable to travel because of the atrocious weather

A highly efficient and organised system sees nurses and other staff coming and going at the hotel throughout the day as their shifts begin and end.

Staff clear the driveway up to South Tipperary General Hospital.

As those on night shift come in to sleep, staff working during the day head down the Western Road.

And nurses have been arriving on all modes of transport – one group arrived by tractor from Cahir as the road to Clonmel was unpassable for any other form of transport.

A HSE spokesman paid glowing tribute to the commitment of the hospital staff who work through such untypical Irish weather.

Great credit as well to the staff at the Clonmel Park Hotel who are doing everything possible to ensure the smooth running of the military-like operation, making rooms available as needed and ensuring everyone is fed and watered.

They are all among the unsung heroes seeing our county through this difficult time.