The HSE is encouraging patients to present for mental health services in Waterford as normal.
It’s after psychiatric nurses in Waterford voted in favour of industrial action over staff shortages and overcrowding.
The industrial action is due to get underway from tomorrow.
The HSE has moved to reassure the public that all staff are committed to providing a quality and safe mental health service in the South East.
They say they continue to work with staff representatives and meetings will be taking place with the Psychiatric Nurses Association.
HSE response to query from WLR news:
“The HSE would like to reassure the public that all of the staff within the South East Community Healthcare mental health services are committed to the provision of a quality and safe mental health service to the population it serves.
The 44 bed Dept. of Psychiatry (DoP) acute mental health unit in Waterford is located on the grounds of University Hospital Waterford and serves the Waterford/Wexford catchment area.
An excellent team is in place at the DoP in Waterford to serve the needs of all those who require treatment and support. There are 45 Whole Time Equivalent (WTE) nursing posts in place there, in addition to other medical, specialist and support staff.
The HSE continues to work with staff representatives in the development of mental health services at acute and community level across the South East. Meetings, as part of ongoing engagement with the Psychiatric Nurses Association (PNA), will be taking place in that respect.
Patients should continue to present for services as normal.”