Having a loved one spend time in hospital can be extremely difficult but two projects are making life a little easier for patients and their family members in the west. In University Hospital Galway (UHG), Croí, the heart and stroke charity, recently funded the furnishing and redesign of a new family room for the Coronary Care Unit, while Sligo University Hospital (SUH) was delighted to introduce 21 new buddy beds to the Paediatric Department.
On 5 January 2019, the Woodlands Unit opened its doors to patients. An innovative residential service for older patients who no longer require acute care but for whom a return home or to a non-acute setting may take some time to arrange. A year on, some of the team at Connolly Hospital reflect on the task of getting the unit opened on time. Woodlands Unit was developed to address the challenge of ensuring older patients are cared for in the most appropriate health care setting. The service demonstrates Sláintecare in action, helping us to deliver the right care in the right place at the right time
The death of their beloved daughter prompted one Co Kerry family to ensure that life was made a little easier for other sick children. Tony and Mary Heffernan set up the Saoirse Foundation, named after their daughter who sadly lost her life in 2011 at the family home at the tender age of five. Saoirse had the rare and always fatal neurological condition, Batten Disease. The foundation owns and operates BUMBLEance, the world’s first fully interactive Children’s Ambulance Service. It launched its latest vehicle at the Children’s Hospital Ireland’s (CHI) new paediatric Urgent Care Centre at Connolly Hospital, Dublin.
Limerick Dementia Social Club recently celebrated its first birthday, having opened its doors in November 2018 to people with dementia and their carers from across the county. Held on the first Wednesday of every month, the club aims to support people to live well with dementia by providing a dementia-friendly space where people socialise, enjoy refreshments, share information and participate in activities.
Hospital staff had to walk in the shoes of some of their patients recently when they took part in a one-day challenge, following a strict renal diet for 24 hours. The 24-hour renal diet challenge was the brainchild of Eileen Duff, Renal Dietician in Cork University Hospital.
Tralee has opened its arms wide for its citizens and visitors living with dementia, becoming an official dementia-friendly town. A group was formed in the Kerry town to promote awareness of dementia and to support businesses in their interactions with people with dementia and memory deficits. The project goes hand in hand with the aims of the Age Friendly Strategy for the county.
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