Press Release

Statement from Minister for Health Simon Harris on Storm Ophelia

Today has been a difficult and challenging one for our health services and I want to thank all of those who came to work today and went above and beyond.

We do expect some continued disruption over the coming days but we can expect a gradual return to normal services and that is now our priority.

The message for tomorrow is if you have an appointment turn up as planned, unless you hear otherwise. In the event of a cancellation, people will be contacted.

People can expect some delays in their appointments and discharges from hospitals over the next few days.

The main focus of our community services tomorrow and in the coming days will be dealing with the most vulnerable patients.

Following the significant disruption today, it is expected that both Emergency Departments and GP will be very busy tomorrow, so I would ask if you don’t have an appointment and if it’s not urgent please don’t attend your GP or hospital.”