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Your HealthLarge group of 10 Movewell Cork participants with their instructor. They are standing in a sports hall.

Cork based HSE strength-building classes a success

“We know that being physically active has many benefits – but we also have a situation here where people are really loving the social aspect to the class and they’re feeling better and more motivated,” according to Caroline Kelleher, Health Promotion and Improvement Officer with Cork Kerry Community Healthcare, speaking about ‘Movewell’, a new strength-building class for adults with specific chronic diseases.

Your HealthMary Kennedy in a garden. She is wearing apink shirt and sunglasses and is using a secateurs to trim a plant.

Mary praises Bowelscreen for early stage diagnosis

Mary Kennedy, from Castleknock, Dublin, was 61 when she did her first BowelScreen test. Even though she was told she had cancer after her screening, she feels lucky because it was found at an early stage, when her treatment was easier. Mary says she’s incredibly thankful that BowelScreen is available to people aged 59 to 69 and wants everyone to know about it.

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Portiuncula Hospital and Community Healthcare West launch Patient Communication Passport

Portiuncula University Hospital (PUH) and Community Healthcare West (Galway, Mayo and Roscommon) have recently introduced a new Communication Passport (‘Getting to know what matters to me’) for people living with dementia.

Your HealthZara Dagg End of Life coordinator Midland Regional Hospital holding a copy of the results of the first National End of Life Survey.

HSE supports families through end of life care

“Michael was still talking to us an hour before he died so we had a lovely time, which sounds strange, but we were all there and everybody was so nice,” according to Colette Mulrooney from Birr Co Offaly speaking as she highlighted the importance of the care provided to her husband Michael Mulrooney in the HSE Midland Regional Hospital Tullamore during his final days.

Your HealthTen people standing and kneeling in front of a yellow ambulance with a driver inside. Eight of them wear high-visibility jackets.

Arranmore Island volunteers recognised for contribution following HSE training

A group of volunteers on Arranmore Island off the coast of Co Donegal recently received Emergency First Responder Certificates at a special presentation held on the island. The event also marked the delivery of a new ambulance vehicle to replace an older vehicle. Emergency First Responder Group leader John McCafferty and his team of volunteers received their certificates from John Joe McGowan, HSE National Ambulance Service (NAS) General Manager Operations - West.

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Ambitious plan for Traveller health launched in Cork

“This is a very important day for Travellers across the region. Working together we can make a difference, and this report is just the first step in many years of hard work and partnership working, which is critical to the successful implementation of this document," according to Breda O’Donoghue, Co-Chair of the Cork/Kerry Traveller Health Unit, speaking at the launch of an ambitious plan to reduce the health inequalities and challenges faced by the Travelling community.