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Crisis Staff at Naas General Hospital to be tested for Covid-19 after major outbreak

The IMO has demanded an immediate suspension of non-essential services while all frontline staff at the hospital are tested for the virus to detect any asymptomatic or as yet undetected cases.

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Naas General Hospital

Naas General Hospital

Naas General Hospital

All frontline staff at Naas General Hospital in Co Kildare are to tested for the coronavirus after an outbreak affected 35 nurses and 10 healthcare assistants.

The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) said the 45 nurses and assistants were unavailable for work due to either being diagnosed with the virus or being a close contact.

A spokesman for the union said the situation had only emerged in the last couple of days and that it has had meetings with hospital management to try to address the problem.

The union has demanded an immediate suspension of non-essential services while all frontline staff at the hospital are tested for the virus to detect any asymptomatic or as yet undetected cases.

It has asked the hospital and the HSE to inform the public of the situation and advise they only attend where absolutely necessary.

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