For Margaret Duignan, social prescribing has had a transformative impact on her life – taking her out of herself allowing her to engage in a fulfilling way with her local community. Living in Rochfortbridge, Co Westmeath, Margaret describes how she had become the person who was “always at the kitchen sink at events like christenings and first communion, so that I didn’t have to talk to people.” Through social prescribing she has successfully re-emerged and is delighted with the new life she is establishing.
The HSE has thanked Óglaigh na hÉireann/Irish Defence Forces personnel for their support at the COVID-19 Testing Centre in Kilkenny.
World Sepsis Day is this week (Monday September 13th) and the HSE is encouraging everyone to be aware of sepsis and to familiarise themselves with the signs and symptoms, and most importantly to ask the question: “Could it be sepsis?”
Residents of St. Columba’s Hospital in Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny were entertained outdoors by staff and special guests during a garden party held recently.
The HSE Walk-In Vaccination Centres are continuing to act as a very flexible option for all age groups. Of the 9,500 people who availed of the Walk In Centres across the country last weekend, over 50% were in the 12 – 15 age group. With over 6.9 million vaccines having been administered to date, this week will see 90% of all adults fully vaccinated. At CityWest Vaccination Centre, they are continuing to provide vaccines to all age groups. In recent weeks Dr Chris Fitzpatrick, Dublin Midlands Hospital Group Clinical Lead for Vaccination, confirmed that the centre had reached the significant milestone of having administered 300,000 vaccines. This was reached just as the vaccination programme was extended to the 12 to 15 age group. The weeks since will have seen that number continue to increase and that number has now reached over 400,000.
For Dr Patrick O’Donnell, GP with HSE Social Inclusion and Clinical Fellow at the University of Limerick School of Medicine, overdose awareness is an important aspect of the work he carries out on a daily basis. Having trained as a GP in Sligo, Patrick found himself returning to Limerick when a job came up in the University for a GP with a special interest in Social Inclusion: “The post was set up by Diane Nurse (former HSE National Social Inclusion lead), Tony Quilty (former CHO3 Social Inclusion lead) Prof Anne McFarlane of the University of Limerick and Dublin based GP Dr Austin Carroll. Part of the work was to develop a clinic to meet the needs of people from marginalised groups in Limerick. This clinic was initially run with the support of Safetynet Primary Care, but it is now a HSE service.”
We need to support our workforce who have experienced significant increases in demand, and have been doing 'more with less' over the last number of years.