The new support line “is to complement the clinical advice and information being provided by the HSE through its website and helpline.” Professional staff will be on hand to answer any queries relating to coronavirus “and give advice and reassurance where necessary.”

Alone is working with the Department of Health and the HSE on a coordinated national response “to support older people who have concerns” or may be at risk for the virus.

The number to call is 0818 222 024.

The phone line will be open from Monday to Friday, from 8am-8pm. The organisation said hours may be extended to meet any demand.

Frank Fitzpatrick
Welfare Committee