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IndividualDr Helen Greally, Clinical Lead for Psycho-Oncology

Psycho-oncology support for cancer patients

Cancer is not just a physical disease which requires medical treatment but also has a significant psychological impact on both the patient and the family. Over the past year, Ireland has become one of the first countries internationally to appoint a Clinical Lead in Psycho-Oncology. Dr Helen Greally was appointed into this unique role last December and is now working to develop psychological support services nationally for cancer patients and their families.

Your Health(l to r) Helen Coe, Clinical Midwife Manager,  baby Cadence Fitzgerald with parents Kelly Doheny and Alan Fitzgerald, along with Nicola Molloy, Staff Midwife

Limerick babies home early after birth

University Maternity Hospital Limerick’s (UMHL) Early Transfer Home Service is designed for well mothers who have a healthy full term baby, who live within a defined catchment area and who want to return home early to receive postnatal care at home with the community midwifery team. Beautiful Cadence, daughter of Kelly and partner Alan Fitzgerald, born on October 10th, was the first baby home as part of this new service.

Your HealthDr Mai O'Sullivan; Mr Tony McLoughlin TD; Mr Jim Daly TD, Minister of State with special responsibility for Mental Health and Older People; Dr Therese O’Connor; and Dr Richard Skelly.

Sligo Pain Clinic improves patient experience

Patients of the Pain Clinic in Sligo University Hospital (SUH) can speak with their doctor from the comfort of their own home. The new ‘Attend Anywhere’ Pain Clinic allows patients and doctors at the hospital to connect online using a secure platform to discuss their condition just as if they were attending the hospital for their appointment.

ColleaguePaediatric Occupational Therapist Geraldine Shiels, (third from left) with the Abuelitas, staff and volunteers

Occupational Therapist enriched by Colombia experience

Paediatric OT Geraldine Shiels found her experience volunteering in Colombia humbling. Geraldine worked with children in an orphanage, with teens and with older women and came away enriched.

Your HealthAdvanced Nurse Practitioners  Karen Carragher, Anthony Dillon and Mary Savage.

Drogheda Nurse led initiative eliminates delays

A nurse-led initiative has been helping to eliminate lengthy delays for many patients waiting on medical assessment and treatment at the Acute Medical Assessment Unit (AMAU) in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda.

Your HealthMaria Donnellan, the multi-disciplinary team, and her mother accepting an award at the Community Healthcare West Staff Recognition Awards ceremony from Tony Canavan, Chief Officer,  Community Healthcare West.

Life Stories improve dementia patient’s lives

Dementia can take away so much from a person but a new initiative at a community care home in Galway has given their residents back their own ‘life story’. Life Story books were created for each person with dementia living in the Creagh Suite in St Brigid’s Hospital, Ballinasloe, to discover more about them, their lives, likes and dislikes, relationships and interests. It has promoted greater empathy and understanding between them and the staff that care for them.

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    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.