This page provides information about Covid-19 relevant to addiction
and social inclusion services in north inner city Dublin.
Coronavirus (Covid-19) North Inner City local services and supports
Local drugs services and supports continue to be provided by NICDATF services, although due to the Coronavirus the way they are working has changed to remote working where possible.
For support and enquiries please contact NICDATF on 085 7723317 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Useful information for services returning to the workplace
Resources and Information
Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business sets out how and when the COVID-19 restrictions will be lifted.
Return to Work Safety Protocol is designed to support employers and workers to put measures in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 once work places start to open up. This is a collaborative effort by the Health and Safety Authority (HSA), the Health Services Executive (HSE) and the Department of Health and the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation.
Supports for Businesses is a booklet aimed at businesses impacted by COVID-19 which contains practical advice and information about resources that may be useful to services.
The Wheel Covid-19 HelpDesk Service has some very good resources for the non-profit sector, including templates and checklists. Some resources are for members of The Wheel, and some are freely available.
COVID-19 An Employers Guide from Enterprise Ireland and the Government of Ireland provides clear and helpful information for Employers about obligations, preventative measures and staff health and safety.
HSE Health and Safety Resources
There have been a number of webinars and presentations organised by HSE DNCC Addiction Services and the HSE National Social Inclusion Office which contain useful information and guidance for services planning to reopen:
Health and Safety: Returning to Work after COVID-19, May 20, 2020
HSELand COVID-19 Training
HSELanD contains over 170 eLearning programmes, resources, assessment and planning tools to support you in your current job role and with your personal and professional development.
You will need to register initially and then you will have access to the following COVID-19 related training and much more:
PPE Use and Infection Prevention and Control
HPSC Video Resources including videos of how to use Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) and other resources for Infection Prevention and Control in various clinical and non-clinical settings.
HSPC PPE Guidance and Posters for safe use and donning and doffing of PPE.
CPR – Lay rescuers Guidance with regard to COVID-19
COVID-19 Information Videos in many languages
Covid 19 World Service is a joint initiative of Nasc and Together Ireland, providing up-to-date and accurate public health information to migrants living in Ireland.
Videos are available in Arabic, Bengali, Bulgarian, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, English, Hindi, Kurdish, Macedonian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Serbian, Spanish, Ukrainian, Urdu and Yoruba.
The videos include: General advice on how to prevent the contraction and spread of the virus.
Information on self-isolation, what to do if you test positive for Covid 19 or are a contact of someone who has.
Click here to watch the videos.
European Survey on Drinking Behaviour During COVID-19
This study is a collaboration of epidemiological scientists from 11 research institutes across Europe, and is being led in Ireland by Alcohol Action Ireland. Alcohol Action Ireland are interested in capturing as wide a range of views as possible and would greatly appreciate the participation of the Irish public through this survey.
The survey only takes 10 minutes to complete.
Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest information and updates
The Health Prevention Surveillance Centre (HPSC) is updated daily, and is a reliable source of Covid-19 information for both services and the general public including:
HSE Sharing Resources includes up to date information, guidance documents, translations and more for specific groups.
Advice for people who use drugs during the COVID-19 pandemic
This document that has been put together by the International and European Networks of People who use Drugs (INPUD & EuroNPUD) and has UISCE’s contact details for Advocacy and Support and the HSE’s website details for factual information regarding COVID19. Please download and distribute to peers.
For advocacy and support with treatment issues please contact UISCE – National Advocacy Service for People who use Drugs: 01 555 4693
For factual information about COVID19 visit www.hse.ie/covid19
How to Respond to an Opioid Overdose during the COVID-19 pandemic
UISCE’s Step by Step Overdose Response during COVID19 infographic has been updated in line with advice on Covid-19.
During the outbreak, overdose responders are asked to change their practice. It is recommended that no rescue breaths are provided during this time unless you have access to a Bag Valve Mask (BVM) with the appropriate viral filter and training in using this.
Download and print this resource and share it with staff members and the community of people who use drugs.
You can find more information about OD response and access to Naloxone on UISCE website: https://myuisce.org/overdose-response-during-covid19/ or contact UISCE on email@example.com or call 015554693.
Covid-19 Guidance and Advice from the HSE
Guidance highlighted by the HSE for various vulnerable groups.
01/04/2020: New Guidance for prescribers and pharmacists on legislation changes to facilitate the safe supply of medicines during the COVID-19 pandemic is available here.
Other documents available on the HSE Social Inclusion Addiction pages include:
- Guidance on Contingency Planning for People who use Drugs and COVID-19 (version 03/04/2020)
- Example Standard Operating Procedure for emergency induction of OST
- Guidance for Addiction Services on remote consultations
- PSI, Medical Council and the HSE Guidance in relation to the recent legislative changes introduced to facilitate the safe supply of medicines during the Covid-19 pandemic
- Methadone take-home leaflet
- Needle Exchange Provision
- Overdose awareness information
- Guidance document for Homeless and Vulnerable Groups
- Patient information sheet for self-isolation at home developed by HSE and HPSC
- Current recommendations for the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in the management of suspected or confirmed COVID-19 is available here
- Advice on patients with suspected COVID 19 presenting to community care settings other than general practice
- HPSC Guidance for non-clinical settings
- HSE HPSC Guidance on the transfer of hospitalised patients from an acute hospital to a residential care facility in the context of the Global COVID 19 epidemic
- HSE HPSC Guidance on decontamination of transport COVID 19
- HPSC Infection Prevention and Control Guidance for COVID-19
- Irelands National Action Plan in response to Covid 19 (Coronavirus)
- HPSC Primary care: GP testing algorithms, self isolation and restricted movements explained, aid to managing mildly ill person in community.
Covid-19: HIV and Sexual Health
02/04/2020 Guidance and links to resources from HIV Ireland
Covid-19 and HIV: There is currently no evidence that people living with HIV are at increased risk of acquiring COVID-19 due to their HIV status. HIV Ireland has compiled some information about HIV and COVID-19 for people living with HIV, including advice about taking care of your sexual health, accessing HIV services and where to get support during the COVID-19 outbreak.
COVID-19 and Sexual Health: Information for gay, bisexual and men who have sex with men: The HIV Ireland MPOWER Programme team has compiled some advice and tips about looking after your sexual health and wellbeing during the COVID-19 outbreak, with advice about hooking-up, PEP & PrEP, STIs and drug and alcohol use.
Dublin City Council Covid-19 Community Response Forum
01/04/2020 A new helpline has been set up to support vulnerable members of the community who need help during the Covid-19 emergency. Individuals and services can contact the Dublin City Council helpline, who will work with partner agencies to provide appropriate supports.
Covid-19 Community Response Forum: Information for services
The Framework for Local Authority Community Support Response has been prepared by the local government sector working with the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government; the Department of Rural and Community Development; the Department of Health; and, the Department of The Taoiseach.
Local Authorities and a range of statutory, voluntary and community organisations are involved in this initiative.