Kerry Deaf Resource Centre Covid-19 Update 30.03.2020

Irish Sign Language (ISL) version at www.facebook.com/kerrydeaf

Due to the Covid-19 outbreak and to ensure all our customers and staff are safe and healthy, our Drop-In-Centre in Tralee is closed to the public.

However, our service is accepting enquiries by telephone, text, email and Facebook. In addition, if you would like to video call us, we can chat with you on FaceTime, Skype, Google Hangouts, Messenger Video and Zoom. For any video calls, please contact us in advance for an appointment.

Please note: Any work we carry out will need to follow health and safety guidelines as advised by the Health Service Executive (HSE) and the Irish Government. Our Designated Officer throughout the Covid-19 will be our manager, Mr. Willie White.

NEWSLETTER/ UPDATES.
Our weekly newsletter will cease during the Covid-19 outbreak. However, please check out our Facebook page as we are posting regular updates and important announcements at www.facebook.com/kerrydeaf

We have also posted links to important services and to easy-to-read HSE Covid-19 posters at http://www.kerrydeaf.com/covid19/index.html

SIGN LANGUAGE INTERPRETING ACCESS.
Freelance interpreters are still available in Co. Kerry. Again, to ensure everyone’s safety, they are available by video call on FaceTime, Messenger Video, Zoom etc (freelance rates apply for Government Departments & Public Bodies).

Access to medical appointments: A number of GP’s and medical services are now accepting video calls, and again this is being done to protect patients, GP’s and interpreters.

Appointments will be required to ensure availability of the GP & interpreter and to check if the GP has video call access.

OUT OF OFFICE HOURS- INTERPRETING ACCESS.
If you have out-of-office hours interpreting for medical or legal emergencies, you can contact the following services:

Bridge Interpreting (Out of hours emergency): 087 904 6594.
http://signlanguageinterpreting.ie/bridge-interpreting/

Sign Language Interpreting Service (Out of hours access to interpreters) 087 672 5179.
https://slis.ie

HEARING AID BATTERIES & HEARING AID REPAIRS.
If you would like to purchase hearing aid batteries, we can post these to our customer home or work address.

If you have HSE hearing aids that require repairs, these can be posted (in a padded envelope to):

Repairs Dept, HSE Audiology, Primary Care Centre, Upper Grangegorman Road, Grangegorman, Dublin 7.
Please make sure to include your name, address, telephone/mobile number and medical card details.

NEW COVID-19 SUPPORT IN CO. KERRY (BY TEXT, EMAIL, TELEPHONE).
Finally, a new text, email & telephone helpline has been set up in Co. Kerry to ensure vulnerable members of the community or those living alone can access deliveries of essential items like groceries, medicine and fuel.

The service is supported by the Kerry County Council, the Health Service Executive (HSE) and An Garda Síochána.

To access the service, you can do the following:

Text: 50555 (in your text, type SUPPORT and your NAME & send to 50555).

Email: [email protected]

Telephone: 1800 807 009

If another agency or organisation can provide more appropriate information or advice, the person will be connected with other organisations or services (if required).


OUR CONTACT DETAILS:
Kerry Deaf Resource Centre (KDRC).
4 Gas Terrace, Tralee, Co. Kerry,
IRELAND.
V92 Y409

KDRC provides services to deaf, deafened, hard of hearing & hearing customers on deaf and hard of hearing related issues. Appointments can be arranged via our Drop-In Centre in Tralee.

TO RECEIVE OUR WEEKLY NEWSLETTER:
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Tel: 066 712 0399
Text: 087 633 4687
E-mail: [email protected]
FaceTime: 087 633 4687 or [email protected]
Skype: kerrydeaf
Facebook: www.facebook.com/kerrydeaf
Website: www.kerrydeaf.com

To make a donation:
You can send a cheque or postal order to our postal address above. All donations greatly appreciated.

We also accept online donations at:
https://www.gofundme.com/kerrydeafresource

Charity No: CHY20854