Temporary accommodation for healthcare workers during COVID-19 HSE
Accommodation, close to your work, is being set up for healthcare workers affected by COVID-19.
A nominated local manager will manage referrals received from:
Community Healthcare Organisations (CHOs)
National Ambulance Service (NAS)
Private nursing homes
Healthcare workers that can get temporary accommodation
All healthcare workers can apply for temporary accommodation.
This includes staff in:
Section 38 and 39 organisations including voluntary hospital staff
National Ambulance Service
private nursing homes
long-term disability and mental health residential facilities
Home support and personal assistant staff may also apply. This includes staff directly employed and employed through voluntary private providers. This applies to Older Persons Services, Disability Service and Mental Health Services.
Healthcare workers eligible to apply for temporary accommodation
As a healthcare worker, you can apply for temporary accommodation if you:
live with family members that are self-isolating and you cannot return home
live with vulnerable persons
require emergency accommodation due to urgent response or mitigating factors
require accommodation in order to facilitate rosters
share accommodation where you are at an increased risk of getting or spreading COVID-19 (this does not include couples or co-habiting family members who normally live together)
returned from overseas and are contracted to work and require accommodation
live in congregated domestic living arrangements, for example, a hostel, a direct provision centre
Short and longer-term accommodation may be made available, depending on your needs. This will be decided by your manager.
Healthcare workers living with a group of people
If you live with a group of people you should consider your eligibility to move to alternative temporary accommodation.
This will help you to:
reduce interactions with people outside the workplace and the home
avoid communal sleeping areas
avoid crowded areas
avoid spending more than 15 minutes in close contact with other people
prevent spread in long-term residential settings and the community
Getting alternative temporary accommodation
Where possible, accommodation will be located as close as possible to your place of work. Where transport is required, local arrangements will be made.
Process for getting accommodation
Submit a temporary accommodation referral form to your line manager.
Your manager will review the request and make the necessary arrangements.
Your manager will let you know if your request is approved and book your accommodation.
You must inform your manager as soon as possible if you wish to cancel the accommodation booking.
Discuss any queries you have about the accommodation with your manager.
To protect yourself and others from COVID-19, you should:
limit the amount of contact with accommodation staff and other residents
limit interaction with staff from different clinical settings and, where possible, not mix with staff from other clinical care systems
practice physical distancing (minimum 2 metres)
stay in your room as much as reasonably practicable
minimise time in communal areas to reduce the risk of infection to colleagues
when in lifts try and limit to 1 or 2 people at a time, or to use the stairs if appropriate
eat in your room where possible - if meals are provided with the accommodation, sit at tables at least 2 metres apart
place all rubbish in waste in bins provided
clean hands regularly with soap and water for 20 seconds or use an alcohol gel
do not allow visitors into your accommodation
CHO Region / Hospital Group / National Ambulance Service Nominated Representative