On Call for Ireland: Almost 1,000 nurses rejoin medical register

On Call for Ireland: Almost 1,000 nurses rejoin medical register

Almost 1,000 nurses have rejoined the medical register since the Covid-19 pandemic began.

Just under half of eligible student nurses have also made themselves available to work.

The figures since mid-March show that 1,399 people have rejoined the medical register here.

The largest proportion is in nursing and midwifery with 346 signing back onto the Medical Council, which includes Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.

48% of student nurses who were eligible have signed a contract with the HSE to be Healthcare Assistants.

The sign-ups are part of the On Call for Ireland initiative which more than 70,000 people applied for as part of the Government's response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Health Minister Simon Harris has said "we will be forever indebted" to those who have signed up, saying "we need every hand on deck".

    Useful information
  • The HSE have developed an information pack on how to protect yourself and others from coronavirus. Read it here
  • Anyone with symptoms of coronavirus who has been in close contact with a confirmed case in the last 14 days should isolate themselves from other people - this means going into a different, well-ventilated room alone, with a phone; phone their GP, or emergency department;
  • GPs Out of Hours services are not in a position to order testing for patients with normal cold and flu-like symptoms. HSELive is an information line and similarly not in a position to order testing for members of the public. The public is asked to reserve 112/999 for medical emergencies at all times.
  • ALONE has launched a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in Ireland. The support line will be open seven days a week, 8am-8pm, by calling 0818 222 024

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