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HSE supported Kilkenny writing group launch poetry and prose book

A creative writing group established under the auspices of the HSE Mental Health Services supported Involvement Centre in Kilkenny has recently launched an anthology of poetry and prose. Entitled ‘White Twine and Old Suitcases’, the book was launched by Urlingford poet, writer and storyteller, Paddy Doyle. The publication was arranged by the HSE’s Recovery College South East, representing over a year’s work by 60 writers from the Co Kilkenny area.

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First patient in Ireland fitted with heart failure sensor at University Hospital Galway

University Hospital Galway (UHG) has become the first hospital in Ireland to introduce a new device designed to help patients suffering with heart failure better monitor their fluid levels in the body. Galway woman, Sheila Concannon from Spiddal, was the first patient in Ireland to be fitted with this early warning sensor which alerts medics to the patient’s condition worsening.

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HSE Excellence Awards highlight innovation and success

Through its Excellence Awards, the HSE annually showcases staff innovation. The awards are an opportunity to celebrate examples of the great work that happens every day across the health service. They aim to encourage and inspire health service staff to develop and improve care and services for their patients, clients and communities. Applications are now open for the 2024 Health Service Excellence Awards. This year, there is a new category for projects focused on sustainability and climate action.

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Paula delights in her role as Health Care Assistant

“I go home happy every day knowing that I’ve made somebody’s life a little bit better,” according to Paula Curran, Health Care Assistant working in the Day Centre for Older Persons in Clonskeagh Hospital, Dublin. Paula has been in her role for a number of years and really enjoys her work: “On average, on a weekly basis here, we would see between 75 to 80 clients – different people every day. Working as a Health Care Assistant I love making people feel happy. I love being able to do things for them. We work very well as a team here in Clonskeagh.”

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Partnerships working to improve health and wellbeing of Tipperary Roma community

A variety of organisations are currently working together to improve the health and wellbeing of the Roma community in Co Tipperary. The HSE, Tipperary County Council and Youth Work Ireland Tipperary recently launched a needs assessment overview in addition to a report on the work of the Health and Accommodation Pilot Project that was established locally in 2022.

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Valuable role of cancer support centres recognised

“This day marks a significant milestone in our collective efforts to support cancer patients and their families throughout Ireland. These centres provide invaluable psychosocial support and survivorship programmes, ensuring comprehensive care for those living with and beyond cancer,” according to Prof Risteárd Ó Laoide, National Director, HSE National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP). Prof Ó Laoide was speaking as the NCCP and Minister of State at the Department of Health, Colm Burke TD presented each member organisation of the NCCP Alliance with a plaque at a dedicated event.