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The HSE has stressed services are being affected on a local and national level due to the severity of the weather conditions.

If you have a hospital, GP, or health centre appointment today you are advised to contact the facility to ensure it is still taking place. Do not make any unnecessary journeys, if you need to cancel a scheduled HSE appointment because you are unable travel, then you can make contact with the facility to advise them.

In light of the Red Alert status the HSE in Midlands Louth Meath Community Health Organisation has confirmed it will be focusing on essential services only as long as that status remains, stating that all non-essential services are cancelled in that area until further notice.

The HSE stated that they will continue to do “everything possible to maintain all essential services, particularly services to vulnerable people at home in the community”,  appealing to people to check that they are stocked up with any medicines and health care supplies they may need this week, as they may be obstructed in getting to a pharmacy due to the severe weather conditions.

The Minister for Health expressed his thanks to workers across the health, emergency and social services for, “going above and beyond to keep us safe and well, and keep our vital health services going in very difficult conditions”.

He said that the Department for Health and the HSE are working with other agencies as part of the National Emergency Coordination Committee, and will continue to do so in the coming days, to ensure our vulnerable citizens are cared for.

“Anybody attending our Emergency Departments can also be sure that they will receive the care they need. I would also like to take this opportunity to appeal to people to check in on your vulnerable friends, relatives and neighbours to make sure they are well and warm”, he concluded.

All updated information can be found on www.hse.ie/weatherwarning.