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Temporary accommodation for healthcare workers during COVID-19

Temporary accommodation scheme for healthcare workers affected by COVID-19 has been put in place.

Healthcare workers that can get temporary accommodation

All healthcare workers can apply for temporary accommodation.

This includes staff in:

  • HSE
  • community healthcare
  • Section 38 and 39 organisations including voluntary hospital staff
  • National Ambulance Service
  • private nursing homes
  • long-term disability and mental health residential facilities
  • Tusla
  • Private hospitals
  • GP practices who are providing services to the long term residential care service
  • long-term disability and mental health residential facilities
  • Home support and personal assistant staff (this includes staff directly employed and employed through voluntary private providers. This applies to Older Persons Services, Disability Service and Mental Health Services).
Discuss any queries with your manager. If you wish to cancel an accommodation booking please inform your manager as soon as possible

A nominated staff accommodation lead will manage referrals received from the following areas:

  • Community Healthcare Organisations (CHOs)
  • Hospital Groups
  • National Ambulance Service (NAS)
  • Private nursing homes
  • Tusla staff
  • Staff in private hospitals
  • Agency staff who have been contracted by the HSE for a period of one month or more
  • GP practice staff who are providing services to the long term residential care service

Temporary accommodation should be booked in short term weekly or bi-weekly cycles, where possible. Under no circumstances should bookings be made for periods of over 30 days at a time.

This temporary accommodation service is available to healthcare workers only. No accommodation is provided for immediate or extended family members.

This service is not available for healthcare workers who need to self-isolate. This includes healthcare workers returning to work from abroad required to self-isolate.

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)
  • healthcare workers returning from overseas who are contracted to work and require temporary accommodation (following the required period of self-isolation).
  • 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 may be made and managed at Area Crisis Management Team (ACMT) level.

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)
  • wear a face covering on public transport and in shops and shopping centres (mandatory) and where it is difficult to maintain a distance of 2 metres.
  • stay in your room as much as reasonably practicable
  • comply fully with local uniform policies
  • 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

See the Health Protection Surveillance Centre website for guidance on Covid-19 and infection prevention and control advice for staff.

Contacts for CHO regions, Hospital Groups and National Ambulance Service

Find your CHO region/ Hospital Group here

CHO Region/Hospital Group/National Ambulance Service

Nominated Representative

Email address


Siobhan Patten


Laurence Gaughan


Anthony Floyd


CHO4 contact


Patricia McEvoy


Mary Fitzpatrick


Paul Brennan


Andrew Walsh


Ann Curley

National Ambulance Service

William Merriman

RCSI Hospital Group

Lynn Coady

Dublin Midlands Hospital Group (DMGH)

Sonia Shortt

Ireland East Hospital Group (IEHG)

Paul Marley

Saolta University Health Care Group

Ann Cosgrove

Children’s Health Ireland (CHI)

Trevor Murphy

South / South West Hospital Group (SSWHG)

Annette Dennehy

UL Hospital Group

Joanne McNamara


Laura Quinn

Related Content

  • Temporary Accommodation Referral Form
    Temporary Accommodation Referral Form for healthcare workers during COVID-19 Version 002. Any queries relating to the staff accommodation process should be brought to the attention of your local Line Manager. Your data will be processed and maintained in accordance with the Health Service Executive Data Protection Policy
  • National Guidance Document for Staff Accommodation during Covid19 V02
    This document is to provide accommodation guidance in relation to the steps taken by the HSE to temporarily support Healthcare Workers in response to Covid-19. This national operational guidance document describes the following:Access to the Temporary Accommodation Service, Guidance for Healthcare Workers, Guidance for Accommodation Providers, Evaluation and Monitoring and Useful Links

Page last reviewed: 09/04/2020
Next review due: 09/04/2023