Cork Simon is aiming to provide Christmas dinners to homeless people they encounter [Image: Alan Betson/File photo].

How long until frostbite and trench foot appear among the UK’s homeless, if they are in Ireland?

Or are they here already but going unreported?

Cork Simon Community has expressed concern after coming across cases of trench foot and frostbite in the city’s homeless population.

A GP in the city emergency shelter recently came across a case of frostbite and a handful of people with trench foot, a condition in which the surface tissue blackens and dies due to prolonged exposure to damp and cold.

The number of homeless people in the city has risen this year with the emergency shelter full every night.

Source: Frostbite and trench foot affecting homeless people in Cork

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