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PatientMichael Lyster with staff and patients in St James’ Hospital

Art project creates welcoming environment

A unique group art felting project has been unveiled at an acute inpatient ward for older adults in St James’ Hospital. Patients, family members and staff at the Connolly Norman Unit (CNU) spent a number of months working on the project, which was unveiled by Michael Lyster at a lovely ceremony on the ward. The project was part of a wider initiative to make the ward more comfortable for the patients.

Your Health Participants at the 'Whose Shoes' workshop at University Maternity Hospital Limerick.

Women praise perinatal mental health services

Two years after the launch of the HSE Specialist Perinatal Mental Health Model, women across the country have spoken about the transformative effects the perinatal mental health services have had on their pregnancies and beyond. Perinatal mental health disorders are those which complicate pregnancy and the first postnatal year. They include both new-onset and relapse or reoccurrence of pre-existing disorders. Their unique aspect is their potential to affect the relationship between mother, child, and family unit. In developing the model of care the HSE were very much focused on the needs of women, infants and their families.

Your HealthProfessor Derek O’Keeffe, Galway University Hospitals and NUI Galway, and the world’s first diabetes drone. Photo: Andrew Downes, Xposure

Drone delivers island diabetic care

A drone has begun delivering life-saving diabetes care to the remote Aran Islands. Professor Derek O’Keeffe, Consultant Endocrinologist at Galway University Hospitals and Professor of Medical Device Technology at NUI Galway, was the project lead for the world’s first autonomous beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS), vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) drone delivery of diabetes prescription medications (insulin, glucagon) and collection of a patient blood sample between Connemara Airport and Inis Mór, Aran Islands.

Your HealthPupil and resident bond at the Leitrim nursing unit

Leitrim older residents blossom with local children

There’s nothing like the company of children to keep you young. It was with that in mind that the Blossom Together program began to take roots in a community hospital in Co Leitrim. The intergenerational project came about following observations of the joy that visiting children brought to the residents, many suffering with dementia.

PatientDr Aine Connolly, Senior Clinical Neuro Psychologist, Stroke Services, TUH & Naas General Hospital; Adam Harris, Founder and Chief Executive of AsIAm; Geraldine Kyle, Nurse Tutor in the Centre for Learning & Development; and Shauna Ennis, Head of the Centre for Learning & Development at TUH.

Video benefits autistic patients

Autistic patients attending Tallaght University Hospital (TUH) will now benefit from improved accommodation of their specific needs, a more knowledgeable workforce and a calmer hospital experience. It is all thanks to a new video produced to help healthcare professionals interacting with autistic children and adults in an acute hospital setting.

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Alexa helping independent living

Helen Twomey has cerebral palsy and has severe mobility issues. But now she has a new best friend who has changed all that – Alexa!

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