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As part of the ongoing actions by the Gay Health Network (GHN) the, Rubber Up With Pride Campaign 2009, takes place this Saturday.
To encourage men who have sex with men (MSM), to practice safer sex by using condoms, the GHN, along with the HSE’s the Gay Men’s Health ServiceGMHS is also holding a Syphilis Testing Campaign nationwide over the coming month.
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The Symptomatic Breast Unit at Galway University Hospitals was officially opened by Mary Harney, T.D., Minister for Health and Children on Thursday 18th June.
Over the past five years the breast care management service at Galway University Hospitals (GUH) has been expanding rapidly as part of the National Cancer Strategy set out by the National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP). Additional staff have been recruited, a purpose built Symptomatic Breast Unit was opened in June last year and developments in Medical Oncology and Radiation Oncology supported by the NCCP means that all therapies related to breast cancer can be delivered at the hospital thus providing the optimal care for patients.
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A new purpose built Medical Assessment Unit at Galway University Hospitals was officially opened by Mary Harney, T.D., Minister for Health & Children, on Friday 19th June 2009.
The objective of the Medical Assessment Unit is to fast-track the assessment of patients presenting with acute medical problems and to facilitate early diagnosis and initiation of appropriate treatment. The unit will help facilitate early discharge of patients and help reduce the volume of medical admissions and/or shorten the length of time patients spend in hospital.
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At the launch of the HSE’s newest Primary Care Team in Scarriff in East Clare today (17th June), Professor Brendan Drumm, CEO of the HSE, said that Primary Care Teams (PCTs) were unlocking Ireland’s potential to deliver a first class community based health service and reduce our over dependence on acute hospitals.
More than 850,000 people can now avail of the ‘one-stop’ shop health and social care from PCTs.
The HSE is on target to have 530 local PCTs in place by the end of 2011 - everyone in the country should then be able to access up to 95% of the care they need within their local community.
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The HSE has completed the incident report into the 15 laptops stolen from its offices in Roscommon town last weekend and it has found that one unencrypted laptop that was stolen contained sensitive information relating to a social worker’s case notes involving nine families.
The HSE deeply regrets any upset caused to the individuals affected by this robbery and appeals to those who stole the laptops to return them at any Garda station.
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HSE Statement re Stolen Laptops in Roscommon
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The 7th All Ireland Gay Health Forum (GHF7) was launched today Friday 12th June at Dublin Castle by Minister Áine Brady TD. The theme of the Forum this year is "HEROES" to reflect the struggle, development and survival by those who are working in this area, HIV and AIDs Services.
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The health services in the border region are set to benefit from a welcome injection of cash. €30 million euros / £24 million sterling has been secured from the European Union INTERREG IVA programme for cross border health and social care services, which will benefit people living in Northern Ireland and the border counties of the Republic of Ireland. The Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS) in Northern Ireland and the Department of Health and Children in the Republic of Ireland led on the successful funding bid to the Special EU Programmes Body.
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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, Monday June 15, 2009, serves as a call-to-action for individuals, organisations and communities to raise awareness about elder abuse, neglect and exploitation. The HSE wants to highlight its support for the United Nations International Plan of Action which recognises the significance of elder abuse as a public health and human rights issue.
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The Department of Health and Children and the HSE have launched The National Guidelines on Physical Activity for Ireland –‘Get Ireland Active’.
The guidelines aime to: highlight the importance of physical activity to the health of Irish people;
outline the recommendations for physical activity for people of all ages and abilities;
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