Written answers

Thursday, 31 March 2022

Photo of Alan FarrellAlan Farrell (Dublin Fingal, Fine Gael)
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57. To ask the Minister for Health the detail of the efforts of his Department to support Ukrainian refugees with both mental and physical health supports; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16101/22]

Photo of Stephen DonnellyStephen Donnelly (Wicklow, Fianna Fail)
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Interim health service support has been established in Dublin Airport, providing health information, immediate medical assessment, provision of prescriptions for existing conditions, management of minor ailments and first aid requirements.

Other CHOs are responding locally at other ports of entry.

A streamlined Medical Card application process for the Ukrainian population is now in place. Additionally, a series of temporary Generic Medical Card numbers has been generated to facilitate urgent access to care. Enhanced translation services have been put in place and communicated to all services, including GPs.

CHOs' response has been significant, including establishment of in reach services to hotels/B&Bs, nursing assessments for children have commenced, provision of in reach maternity supports, emergency dental services, and Covid vaccination clinics.

Acute referral pathways for the Ukrainian population into Acute care services are streamlined and operational processes for urgent referrals/medical evacuees are in place and working well.

Ukrainian nationals will also be entitled to avail of health care services for children’s health, mental health, disabilities, maternity care, older people etc.

Additional health supports will be provided where required, for mental health issues and to support people who have suffered trauma.


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