“Our residents are really enjoying this new initiative – you can see their delighted smiles as they get to experience being out and about with the wind in their hair,” according to Breda Delves, Director of Nursing at Killarney Community Hospitals, HSE Cork Kerry Community Healthcare, commenting on the success of the ‘Killarney Cycling Without Age’ project.
Portiuncula University Hospital has officially opened a new designated room in the Maternity Unit for bereaved families. The Willow Suite has been designed to provide a protected and comfortable space for parents and their families who have experienced pregnancy or infant loss
“We know patients have a better experience if they are actively involved in their own care,” according to Kara Madden, Chair, Patients for Patient Safety Ireland. Kara was speaking ahead of World Patient Safety Day on Sunday, 17 September.
“More people die of sepsis than stroke, yet not many people have any idea of the signs, so we need to be more aware,” according to Aisling O’Rourke whose 67-year-old dad John died from sepsis in November 2020. “When my dad had a stroke in 2018, I knew what it was because I had grown up seeing the ads showing you the signs.”
Mayo University Hospital was honoured to host Dame Elizabeth Anionwu in recent weeks as she carried out a tree planting ceremony to recognise the contribution of Irish nurses over the last 75 years in the UK National Health Service. The ceremony was an opportunity to celebrate the legacy and heritage of the nursing community locally and internationally with a special focus on Irish nurses and their contribution to the NHS.
A new community-based mobile X-ray service helps older patients avoid Emergency Departments. It improves quality of care and outcomes by bringing X-ray services directly to older people in the community.
The South East Palliative Care Centre is a powerful testament to the people of the region and the determination of the past and present members of Waterford Hospice,” according to Danette Connolly, Chairperson of the Waterford Hospice Movement, speaking at the official opening of the centre in Waterford recently. “The Waterford Hospice Movement is renowned for its hospice and home care, delivered to the people of Waterford and South Kilkenny for the past 35 years.
The Frailty at the Front Door Service (FFD) provides great expertise in the assessment and management of older patients presenting to the Emergency Department (ED), according to Dr Laura Bandut, Emergency Medical Consultant at Portiuncula University Hospital. “They ensure a multidisciplinary approach within ED environment working towards avoiding unnecessary admissions to hospital. The FFD Team is a great addition to our ED team and has significantly enhanced the quality of patient care by putting in place appropriate follow up and continuity of care for this cohort of patients in the community.
Large crowds attended two preview days at the new HSE Ballyshannon Community Hospital recently, ahead of its opening later this year. The €36.7 million facility is located at the site of the former Sheil Hospital in the town.
‘Minnie’s Garden’ at the Tír na nÓg unit at St John’s Community Hospital Sligo was officially opened at the annual barbeque and family fun day there in recent weeks.
The Pathfinder service has been expanded to include Kerry in recent weeks. delivered by University Hospital Kerry (part of the HSE South South West Hospital Group) and the National Ambulance Service (NAS), the service has been set up to safely keep older people who phone 112/999 in their own home rather than taking them to a hospital emergency department. Pathfinder improves outcomes for older people by providing safe alternative care at home rather than in hospital.
An innovative treatment option using water vapour therapy to target and shrink excess prostate tissue has been introduced at Tallaght University Hospital (TUH) in recent days.
The Maternity Department at University Hospital Galway (UHG) has introduced a ‘Mums Wellbeing Hub’ which provides online support, advice and signposting on postnatal services available to mothers and their families both in the hospital and the community.
“I am confident that more lives will be saved - through the tremendous dedication of our patient-centred staff who volunteer whilst off duty and now with this very welcome partnership with CRITICAL,” according to Ger O’Dea, Community Engagement Manager with the HSE National Ambulance Service (NAS).
“The Grid 3 eye-gaze device is hugely beneficial for patients who are ventilated and/or tracheotomised in that it can give them a voice,” according to Sarah Rowland, Clinical Specialist Speech and Language Therapist at Tallaght University Hospital (TUH).
“I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 2000, when I was 11. I had the main symptoms - thirst, tiredness, losing weight. It was caught early because my mum recognised it, even though there isn’t diabetes in my close family. I knew, growing up, that there was a greater risk of retinopathy during pregnancy,” according to Vicky Doyle, patient advocate, speaking as the HSE recently launched an eye-screening initiative for women who have diabetes and become pregnant.
The introduction of a new clinical guideline in the treatment of patients with breast cancer means that for some patients, their total radiotherapy dose can be provided over a shorter timeframe – within a week compared with three to five weeks; while for others new techniques will reduce the burden of attending hospital for radiotherapy treatment.
Over 4,000 at-home hepatitis C testing kits have been ordered and delivered since the HSE home test service went live in April. Thousands of people at risk of hepatitis C are now able to order a test to their home, as the HSE steps up its bid to eliminate the deadly disease.
Very proud ‘Boxing Clever’ co-ordinator Mark Wright is reflecting on the completion of a pilot programme in Cork that uses an integrated health, fitness and educational programme for people who are currently in addiction and looking to reduce their usage - with the goal to become drug and alcohol free. The programme is also for people who are in recovery.
Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly recently visited Cork and Kerry to review progress on key projects. In Kerry, he reviewed progress on the new 130-bed Community Nursing Unit (CNU) in Killarney and he also visited Castleisland Primary Care Centre. He paid a further courtesy visit to St Columbanus Community Hospital.
“Coming out of the course I am finally thinking about myself and what is and isn’t good for me going forward. I am now ready to thrive,” according to a participant from a recent HSE led Cancer Thriving and Surviving (CTS) programme. They added: “I found the brainstorming exercises very beneficial. The programme gave us the opportunity to not only share our experiences but learn from others also. It benefited me greatly and helped me make a decision on whether I was ready to return to work.”
“I love gardening and sowing seeds - this took me back to long summer days in my own garden with my children. The smells, the feel of the leaves, it was just lovely to get to be a part of that again,” according to a nursing home resident talking about a HSE horticultural therapy project.
“I am delighted that our Tallaght University Hospital (TUH) Staff Hero awards are taking place on the 25th anniversary of the opening of our hospital,” according to Lucy Nugent, CEO TUH.
“As we celebrate the 25th anniversary of Tallaght University Hospital, (TUH), we look forward to the next 25 years developing innovative ways of delivering healthcare to those within our physical hospital walls and those beyond,” according to Lucy Nugent, CEO, TUH, speaking in recent weeks.
“It’s important to take a stand against all forms of ageism in society,” according to hurling legend Brian Cody who recently attended a HSE South East event in Kilkenny to officially launch World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.
A number of hospitals across Ireland will soon be equipped to carry out virtual, multi-disciplinary assessments of bone fractures that will allow patients with relatively minor injuries to bypass the need to see an orthopaedics consultant in person.
There has been increasing recognition of the psychological impact of a cancer diagnosis not just on the patient, but on the entire family and the wider community in Ireland over the past decade. This is especially true when the diagnosis occurs in children, adolescents and young adults (CAYA).
The presence of the HSE Safer Nightlife programme at the Body and Soul Festival in Kilrush, Co Westmeath, last weekend, following on from their presence at the recent Life Festival in Mullingar, has been a success, according to Prof Eamon Keenan, HSE national clinical lead for addiction services.
A substance misuse recovery journey garden, depicted as the ‘Colour Purple’ has received a commendation at this year’s Bloom event in Dublin. Created by the HSE South East Community Healthcare’s South Tipperary substance misuse team and their service users, the group have been using a horticultural project as part of their recovery work.
Galway has become the latest area to benefit from the HSE National Ambulance Service (NAS) led service Pathfinder. Designed to safely keep older people, who phone 112/99, in their own home rather than taking them to a hospital emergency department, the service went live in Galway in May.
“There is a great sense of achievement when you introduce changes that offer real improvements for patients,” according to Dr Ann Leonard, Quality Innovation Manager at Tallaght University Hospital (TUH).
“We know that many of our patients who survive critical illness will experience what is known as post-intensive care syndrome,” according to Dr Melanie Ryberg who was appointed as Principal Specialist Clinical Psychologist working in critical care at Tallaght University Hospital (TUH) in recent months
A new Cancer Research Clinic, the first and only one of its kind in Ireland, has been established at Tallaght University Hospital (TUH). The new Testicular Survivorship Clinic is conducting research to try and discover new treatments for patients who have had the disease.
Galway University Hospitals, (GUH), has become the first hospital in Ireland to introduce an ‘incisionless’ minimally invasive surgery to help correct blockages of the oesophagus.
"Malignant melanoma skin cancer took the life of our bright, intelligent daughter Sharon,” explained Bernie Rice, addressing a recent launch of the National Skin Cancer Prevention Plan. “She was 31 when first diagnosed in 2006. A mole on her leg had changed but it went undetected and she was not aware of the implications of it.”
A new Clinical Simulation Laboratory (Sim Lab) that has recently gone into operation at the Waterford Integrated Care for Older People Centre (WICOP) will provide immersive, hands-on learning experiences for healthcare professionals and students.
Twenty eight service users from the Havenview (Enniscorthy), Croí an Tobar (Oylegate) and Westlands (Wexford Town) residences recently enjoyed a day’s sporting activities as part of a co-produced psycho-social sport and leisure programme in Co Wexford.
Shauna Delaney is an “innovative, educational leader who has helped transform the landscape of critical care nursing in Ireland,” according to a close colleague of the critical care clinical nurse educator who recently won a major award from Trinity College Dublin (TCD).
Five jockeys who rode out in the prestigious Punchestown Horseracing Festival in recent weeks visited renal patients undergoing dialysis treatment at Tallaght University Hospital (TUH).
“Reading this book you realise you are not alone at this scary time,” according to a stroke patient praising the development of a new booklet at Tallaght University Hospital (TUH) aimed at supporting adults/parents in talking to children after an adult has suffered a stroke. The mum explained that her son was 13 when she had a stroke and she wished it have been available then to “explain to him what happened at the time.”
Galway University Hospitals has carried out the first Robotic Guided Coronary Intervention in Ireland and the UK. The innovative procedure combines the benefits of coronary intervention with the precision of robotics, offering a range of benefits to patients.
“The app was so helpful for my son Diarmuid - he could visualise his hospital experience and it really helped not only him, but me too, to prepare,” according to Martina Fallon, praising the new ‘Little Journey’ virtual reality app recently developed by staff at Portiuncula University Hospital.
“Colour is a powerful tool to convey emotions in visual art,” according to Dr Darran Flynn, Clinical Director Waterford/Wexford Mental Health Services. Dr Flynn was speaking at the launch of murals completed by local mental health service users in the south east as part of the Waterford Walls Festival.
Dr Melanie Ryberg has recently been appointed by Tallaght University Hospital as the first full-time Clinical Psychologist to an ICU Department in Ireland.
“Enhanced Community Care, aiming to provide more services closer to people’s homes and provide extra services for older people, or people who live with long-term health conditions, is a huge investment in community healthcare services in the HSE,” according to Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly TD, who recently officially opened the Thomastown Primary Care Centre in Co Kilkenny.
“I’m delighted as I am in a much better place physically now,” according to Joan Lynch, who has arthritis and recently attended exercise classes as part of an outreach programme designed to fast-track patients who otherwise may experience significant waiting times.
"This new ambulance station will be a great asset to the town of Mullingar and surrounding areas,” according to Robert Morton, Director of the HSE National Ambulance Service, speaking as the Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly TD officially opened the new facility in recent days.
Baby boy Jaxson, born in University Hospital Waterford in recent weeks, has become the 130th “Smoke Free Baby” born in the South East.
“Anyone thinking of going on the programme, I would talk to your GP or your nurse, and get involved because it’s very beneficial,” according to Tina Maria Morrison, a patient under the HSE Chronic Disease Treatment (CDM) Programme.
“It sends a strong message that I am a valued and respected member of my community - living with dementia is a new life but you have got to embrace it,” according to Kathleen Farrell, a member of the Irish Dementia Working Group speaking as a new symbol representing dementia inclusive communities was launched in recent days.
“When you hear the word cancer it can be quite a shock, especially when you hear that you’ve been diagnosed with a skin cancer,” according to Martin Gillick. “In my case, I ended up being diagnosed with two different types of skin cancer on my face and hand.”
The HSE National Ambulance Service (NAS) recently presented a Bravery Award to teenager Noah Winders from Castleknock, Dublin who kept his friend Charlie Rutter alive by administering CPR.
“As a GP, I know only too well the importance of supporting people with chronic diseases. This programme provides better healthcare outcomes for patients and allows them to become active partners in their own healthcare,” according to Dr Joe Gallagher, ICGP (Irish College of General Practitioners) Clinical Lead for Cardiovascular Disease.
“I was in total shock when the doctor said I was borderline diabetes, but I was delighted then to be invited onto a course that really helped me,” according to Marie Keegan.
“It’s been great – I even started sea swimming. I am more confident, and the regular checks with the team at Tallaght Hospital keep me on my toes,” according to Sarah Williams reflecting on a new lifestyle programme for kidney transplant recipients at Tallaght University Hospital.
“Self-advocacy doesn’t just happen - it requires support and encouragement. It needs the right environment in order to help people gain their voice,” according to PJ Cleere, Disability Federation of Ireland.
“We are extremely lucky to have such highly skilled nurses ensuring excellence of care for all our patients,” noted Louisea Burke, Director of Nursing in the Midlands Regional Hospital, Tullamore, following a recent nurse graduation ceremony at Trinity College Dublin.
“Having this service is fantastic and well-needed - the results I got were amazing,” according to Sarah Lane, speaking about the new Lymphoedema Service in Summerhill, Co Meath.
Empowering carers, and including them in group sessions for clients with Parkinson’s disease, was one of the positive outcomes from the new service set up by the North Wicklow Speech and Language Therapy service in recent months.
As well as featuring high on the cuteness barometer, Blossom has a very important job in Co Leitrim. Blossom is a therapy dog at Ballinamore Community Nursing Unit.
“Around 200 children up to the age of 16, and a further 180 adolescents between the ages of 16 and 25 years, are diagnosed with cancer in Ireland every year,” according to Professor Owen Smith, National Clinical Lead for Children, Adolescent and Young Adult Cancers (CAYA) at the HSE National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP).
Children with asthma and allergies will benefit from new educational videos developed by the Midland Regional Hospital Portlaoise Allergy and Respiratory Services. Endorsed by the Asthma Society of Ireland (ASI), the new educational videos have been described by ASI Patient Services Manager, Mary McDonald as “beneficial as they will also aid conversations with secondary caregivers of children with asthma.”
John quit smoking last July and seven months later points to his greater fitness levels in being able to play with the youngster as one of the distinct benefits.
“It grows their confidence – after they learn a new cooking technique you see their smiles” – Yvonne McMahon, Project Worker with the Pairc School Completion Programme, Limerick, explaining the impact and rewards for young students who participated in the Healthy Food Made Easy schools programme recently.
Meath schoolboy, James Morgan celebrated his ninth birthday late last year. As well as welcoming a new year, James and his mum Karen welcomed a new national health development that is particularly significant for them both – the launch of the new National Genetics and Genomics Strategy.
Tallaght University Hospital (TUH) and its interdisciplinary Chronic Pancreatitis team recently showcased an innovative mobile phone app, termed the SmartCP app that empowers patients to take control of their Chronic Pancreatitis and will improve communication with the Hospital team.
“The help has been incredible and it’s done with good humour and friendliness” – Tony Barry from Ennis, Co Clare, expresses his gratitude to the caring support he continues to receive for his wife Terri.
“She gave me hope that there’s a whole life ahead of me,” – Cian Caball, 42, from Limerick City, on the support he received after his stroke last year.
“You have someone to talk and you have no idea how invaluable that is. They were compassionate, respectful, kind, sympathetic, empathetic” – Ray Dunford speaking about the HSE team based in the Barrack View Primary Care Centre, Limerick.
“It’s improved my confidence and it’s made me like myself more now than I did before I came into the Dulick Centre” – Peter Kavanagh, service user, speaking about the Dulick Centre in Ennis, Co Clare.
Life-changing is how Ukrainian national Dr Regina Morais describes the welcome and support she has received since her arrival in Ireland in March last year.
“As we move into a new year, it’s a great opportunity for people who smoke to reach out to HSE QUIT services for support. If someone has been smoking for many years, taking that first step to being smoke-free can feel huge.”
Being able to respond quickly to the care needs of our women is the best part of our job,” according to Dr Naro Imcha, Clinical Lead for Obstetrics and Gynaecology, UL Hospitals, referring to the regional hub for women's health set up at Nenagh Hospital last year.
It was brilliant being able to come out and meet everyone - I thoroughly enjoyed it and it’s something to look forward to every Wednesday,” according to Anne Leonard, a participant in the first Walk and Talk Programme in Churchtown, Dublin last year.
The great work that is happening every day across the health service was showcased and celebrated at the annual Health Service Excellence Awards.
The great work that is happening every day across the health service was showcased and celebrated at the annual Health Service Excellence Awards.
“I wouldn’t have been able to be at home and get up on my own feet if it wasn’t for the care those girls gave me” – Rita Condren captures the impact of the HSE Integrated Programme for Older Persons has on the health and wellbeing of many older persons right across the country every day.
Bringing joy and lending their voices to raise festive spirits, HSE choirs across the country are coming together for their annual Christmas concert on Wednesday December 21st.
On Thursday 1st December, the HSE Contact Management Programme (CMP) turned red in support of HIV Ireland’s campaign against HIV stigma and in memory of those who have died from HIV.
Making “real and lasting change to create communities where people thrive” is the aim of the Sláintecare Healthy Communities, according the Minister Frank Feighan at the recent launch in Clonmel.
Improving the health experiences and health outcomes for Travellers is the aim of the recently launched first National Traveller Health Action Plan.
Following the immense work of healthcare staff across the country, the National Vaccination Programme COVID-19 has won two prestigious Project Management Ireland awards for the ‘Greatest National Impact Project 2022 and the Public Sector Project of the Year Award 2022.
Saint Luke’s Radiation Oncology Network (SLRON) has just launched a cutting-edge new planning software system to treat certain brain cancers with Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS) - a type of radiation therapy.
The results of a ‘first of its kind pilot drug test programme at this year’s Electric Picnic festival finds high-strength MDMA samples and a new substance 3-CMC not detected in Ireland before.
“Being at home helped me recover, because I felt happier at home. The service was fantastic, I never expected it,” says Patrick (Paddy) Corcoran, a retired baker, about the Cork South Older Person’s hub.
“This integrated approach to patient care has enabled these individuals to remain at home while ill rather than in a hospital bed,” according to Advanced Nurse Practitioner Antoinette Doherty, commenting after the launch of a new virtual ward initiative in Letterkenny.
The great work that is happening every day across the health service was recently showcased and celebrated at the annual Health Service Excellence Awards.
The great work that is happening every day across the health service was recently showcased and celebrated at the annual Health Service Excellence Awards.
The winners in the “Excellence in Quality and Patient Safety” category were the team from Health and Wellbeing in CHO5 (South Tipperary, Carlow/Kilkenny, Waterford, Wexford) with their project ‘Supporting Pregnant Women and Extended Family to Quit and Stay Quit’ from smoking.
The MWCH Mobile Fibreoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES) Service was the award winner for the Mid West Community Healthcare Speech and Language Therapy Services.
‘Seo Mise – This is Me’ a quality improvement initiative developed by the Occupational Therapy and Medical Social Work Departments in Portiuncula University Hospital was recently launched.
“This has made our family life a lot more fluid,” – Parent Fionnuala O’Connell on the new HSE Children’s Disability Network Team in Sligo/South Donegal."
“It’s fantastic for patients – they access the service in their area and don’t have to come into hospital, so it’s a bit easier all round” – Rachel Anglin, Chief Respiratory Physiologist at St Vincent’s University Hospital describes the benefits of the Integrated Care Hub in Bray.
“This has changed my life for the better – I wish everyone could have facilities like these on their doorstep” - Celine Naughton was 61 last year when she was diagnosed with asthma after visiting her GP at Bray Primary Care Centre.
“This group of graduates have continued their training during the unprecedented times of pandemic. They have contributed enormously to delivering the highest possible standards of care in mental health services in that time."
“She was my security blanket because no matter what time of day or night I’d ring Donna with a problem, she solved it for me because that’s what she is, that’s what her and her team are – miracle workers.”
Midland Regional Hospital Portlaoise have recently introduced two new pieces of equipment to provide vital support to local women who may be having problems with breastfeeding.
Galway mum Lynn Molloy, whose twins were born at 26 weeks has described how by breastfeeding both, she was “doing the most I could, providing breastmilk for them when they were at their sickest.”
Dr Patrick O’Donnell, a Limerick based GP who works with HSE Social Inclusion in the Midwest Medicine discusses how naloxone is used in the emergency treatment of opioid overdose, in conjunction with the National Naloxone Programme.
A Wicklow initiative that provides older persons with access and training to digital technology has been described as “outstanding,” giving participants more confidence and improving their quality of life.
“I am so comfortable I almost feel I am not a hundred years old” explained Mrs Doreen Byrne in recent weeks as she spoke at a special celebration to mark her 100th birthday at Dungarvan Community Hospital, adding that it was a “wonderful facility with great people” where everyone had been “so nice and so kind.”
Life changing, confidence building and more smiles were how participants described a therapy programme involving horses for young people experiencing mental health difficulties in the south east recently.
With World Patient Safety Day having taken place last Saturday, September 17th, the HSE National Quality Patient and Safety Directorate has shared a video compiled to illustrate the diverse and challenging nature of patient safety.
HSE Staff at Midland Regional Hospital Portlaoise (MRHP) are delighted to have been gifted a new “Sound Ear” monitor for their Special Care Baby Unit.
A new booklet has been produced to help parents to bond with their young baby while the child is in hospital.
Galway University Hospitals (GUH) is the first hospital in the country to introduce a new minimally invasive day case procedure to reduce blood pressure in patients
Better outcomes for patients which allows them to become active partners in their own healthcare, is one of the positive results of the HSE Chronic Disease Management (CDM) programme.
Marking World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2022, the theme for which is “Rights Don’t Get Old”, the South East Safeguarding Committee recently held an informal coffee morning at the HSE offices in Lacken, Kilkenny, with Kate Killeen White, Chief Officer, South East Community Healthcare, in attendance
The “entire team” at the new Nenagh Regional Hub for Women’s Health are “very focused on improving the patient experience,” according to Dr Naro Imcha, Clinical Lead for Obstetrics and Gynaecology, UL Hospitals Group.
In late June, Fishing Futures hosted a group of men from the Loughlinstown, Ballybrack and Shanganagh (LBS) Men’s Shed project.
Paramedics play a vital role in the provision of emergency care to the community and are involved in life saving work at the scene of incidents and while working on ambulances
Paramedics play a vital role in the provision of emergency care to the community and are involved in life saving work at the scene of incidents and while working on ambulances
Young people with diabetes are being supported in transitioning to adult services through the appointment of the first paediatric advanced nurse practitioner (ANP) at University Hospital Limerick
With the support of the Creative Ireland Programme, the Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) has commissioned four artists to develop new creative work in support of the health and wellbeing of healthcare staff in the HSE.
A frontline innovation has led to one elderly lady regaining her independence and being able to return to live in her own home.
Community-based Pulmonary Rehabilitation (PR) is a service that has been running for three years in Dublin South West.
Letterkenny based paramedic Eamonn Coll recently celebrated his retirement from the National Ambulance Service after 22 years’ service.
A young mum in her thirties who suffered a cardiac arrest while feeding her new born baby has thanked the HSE Ambulance Service for helping her survive
HSE launches a series of multilingual videos on the Irish health service to make health advice more accessible to people from migrant communities living in Ireland.
Medical device transforms rehabilitation for patients with dizziness and balance problems.
Sally Clarke, 82, from Wilton in Cork city, is one of the thousands of Cork people who have been able to stay well at home thanks to the services at the Cork integrated care hub.
The HSE National Ambulance Service has been recognised by The International Academies of Emergency Dispatch (IAED) as an Accredited Center of Excellence (ACE) for emergency dispatching.
HSE Environmental Health Service (EHS) staff recently moved into a purpose-built new building in Yard 4 in Dublin Port. In 2019 the EHS team carried out 2008 food inspections including document checks in Dublin Port
The Benbulbin Chronic Disease Management Hub in Sligo has been described as a “fantastic development” by Consultant Dr Katherine Finan. Leading the Respiratory Outpatient clinics, Dr Finan has said it “works well for patients and staff,” adding that the hub is an example of “the drive towards integrated care.
Social prescribing complements a medical approach to health issues, aims to support individuals to take greater control of their own health and involves a variety of activities which are typically provided by voluntary and community sector organisations.
The HSE National Ambulance Service and Dublin Fire Brigade recently joined the Children’s Health Ireland (CHI) Hospital Group to embrace the Rainbow Badge as a way to show that their services offer open, non-judgemental and inclusive care for people who identify as LGBTQ+.
Speeding up patient referrals, reducing waiting lists and preventing or shortening hospital admissions are among the benefits and results of 45 projects recently recognised at a special HSE Summit
Two nurses at the Department of Public Health Mid-West recently received a top award in recognition of their innovative idea to collect urine samples in a cleaner way in order to improve diagnosis rates of infections, with the aid of a special app.
A Kyiv-born GP is at the heart of the health service’s response to the arrival of thousands of Ukrainian refugees following the Russia invasion back in February.
Within days of the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the International Protection Accommodation Service (IPAS) took on the considerable task of finding and providing places to stay for the thousands of people arriving here.
The Cranberries hit “Dreams” was amongst the songs performed at a recent special fundraising concert featuring the HSE Tullamore Choir along with St Brigid’s Community Choir in Kiltoom and Le Chéile Choir
A new centre for older adults is being developed in the St Patricks Hospital building in Waterford that will provide a range of services.
Defence Forces were thanked for their significant contribution to the Covid 19 Vaccination Programme at a special event at the Citywest Vaccination Centre (CVC) in recent weeks.
St. Luke’s Radiation Oncology Network (SLRON) recently launched an ambitious new five year plan that focuses on ensuring the finest cancer staff and a commitment to research and technological innovation to provide the best possible care for patients.
The Patient Advocacy and Liaison Service (PALS) team at UL Hospitals Group acts as a point of contact between patients, their families/carers and the hospital.
“I am a Patient Advocacy & Liaison Services (PALS) Manager working in the Emergency Department (ED) in University Hospital Limerick, one of the busiest EDs in the country. PALS commenced here full-time in January. I work with another PALS manager, Kathleen Keane.”
Achieving excellence in care for patients with gestational trophoblastic disease (GTD – also known as molar pregnancy), Dr John Coulter, Clinical Chair of the GTD Guideline Development Group, explains that the recently launched updated guideline “ensures a comprehensive review of current diagnostic and management strategies for patients with GTD.
Lindsay Peat works with the HSE in primary care in Ballymun. A multi-sport star, she has won 38 caps for the Ireland women’s rugby team, having made her debut in 2015.
One in two people in Ireland will develop cancer at some point in their lives. If cancer is diagnosed early, it is easier to treat and there is a better chance of recovery.
Waterford Residential Care Centre recently marked two years of service at the new facility. The transfer of residents from St. Patrick’s and St. Aidan’s to more comfortable surrounds was a challenge accomplished during the first lockdown in April 2020.
Staff at St Luke’s Radiation Oncology Network recently held special readings of their favourite poems in the garden of the Rathgar hospital.
Celebrating Poetry Day Ireland in recent weeks, a ‘Menu of Poems’ - selected by Galway poet Rita Ann Higgins - was distributed throughout Irish hospital wards, waiting rooms and other healthcare settings for patients, visitors and staff to enjoy.
There was a double victory for Donegal Disability Services recently when two sets of brothers – Matthew and Kevin McLaughlin and James and Patrick Ruddy from Clarke’s Place, Moville were announced as winners of the Outstanding Community Disability Service Award.
CAR-T cell therapy, a revolutionary cancer treatment, will now be available for children with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) to access in Ireland.
With a family steeped in nursing and a passion for caring for older people, Caroline Gourley, Director of Nursing for Community Nursing Units across Community Healthcare Organisation Dublin North City and County has witnessed huge changes over the course of three-decade long career.
The first ever nursing and midwifery awards were presented recently at Midland Regional Hospital Portlaoise (MRHP). Local midwives and nurses were honoured with special H.E.A.R.T ( Honesty, Empathy, Accountability, Respect and Team work) awards for providing excellent care during the pandemic.
Dialysis patients in Tallaght University Hospital recently enjoyed an arts and health project facilitated by artist in residence Lucia Barnes.
Connecting with patients and helping to improve their wellbeing are among the benefits of Soothing Sounds, a live music programme for patients, staff and visitors at Tallaght University Hospital (TUH).
Dr Augustine Pereira, Director of Public Health, HSE North East, reflecting on his Covid experience recently explained how “the Public Health role changed overnight in unimaginable ways - from a service largely unknown, to a service at the forefront of the pandemic response in Ireland.
The images of Bernie Waterhouse receiving her COVID-19 vaccine on December 29th 2020 was a welcome boost at the close of a horrific year for everyone.
Social Prescribing empowers people to care for their own health and wellbeing, deepening the links between community and medical care.
The pioneering work of the Traveller Health Working Group in St Luke’s General Hospital, Carlow-Kilkenny were the deserving winners of the HSE Excellence Improving Patient Experience Award last year.
With increasing awareness around kidney disease and kidney health, the clinical, nursing and allied health care professional team who manage renal patients across the Midwest have outlined how they support their patients in the region.
Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) affects 1 in 10 people. Often described as ‘a silent illness hiding in plain sight’, it usually develops slowly over time and can progress to total kidney failure.
Baby boy Freddie became the 100th “Smoke Free Baby” to be born in Wexford General Hospital on Ash Wednesday, March 2nd. With both mother and baby doing well, health services in the south east were celebrating this particular milestone reflecting on the 1,300 referrals that have been made since the “Supporting Women to Quit and Stay Quit” programme began two years ago.
Watching a close friend forced into quitting smoking after a heart attack was a significant “wake up call” for forty year old Lucas Marques whose quit journey began just over a year ago: “My friend was in his fifties, living on his own when he had the heart attack. He nearly died. It was such a shock and such a wake up call. He was a smoker and that was a major contributor to his heart disease. I saw directly the impact of smoking. So when I saw him quit in the immediate aftermath I just knew I had to finally do it.
With even the smallest sustainable increases and changes to our body movement each day recognised as having considerable health benefits both physically and mentally, the success of a recent HSE led Co Kildare initiative benefitted all involved.
A new course supporting patients diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at the Midland Regional Hospital (MRH) Portlaoise represents a “very positive development allowing patients to fit diabetes into their lives rather than fitting their lives.”
Mary Coughlan was among the musicians providing live performances to clients, patients, service users and staff in HSE and related services in Wexford in recent weeks. The Mobile Music Machine have been familiar visitors to HSE/South East Community Healthcare older persons, disabilities and mental health care facilities throughout the South East over the last two years with their live arts project known as “Covid Care” concerts. Led by classical music quartet founded and led by cello soloist, chamber and orchestral musician Gerald Peregrine, the project also involves playing with special guests.
Responding to the rising trend of ambulance use for non-emergency calls, the National Ambulance Service (NAS) is moving from an Emergency Medical Service (EMS) to a Mobile Medical Service (MMS) which aims to deliver the right patient care in the right setting
A new HSE community-led service in Tralee is helping older people remain safely in their own homes for as long as possible. The Kerry Integrated Care Programme for Older Persons (Kerry ICPOP) hub in Balloonagh, Tralee is helping to shift care for some older people away from acute hospitals towards care in the community that is planned and co-ordinated. As an added extra, the team there also do a great cup of tea.
A new exercise programme recently launched in Athlone will improve participants quality of life, according to Dublin Midlands Hospital Group (DMHG) CEO Trevor O’Callaghan. Aimed at providing effective, high quality, safe and accessible exercise rehabilitation for those with chronic illness, the ExWell Medical Programme is based on a successful pilot project that showed “dramatic improvements in strength and aerobic fitness among participants,” according to Dr Teresa Donnelly, Consultant Geriatrician with the Midland Regional Hospital Tullamore.
Agnes Murray was one of the twenty-nine staff who recently received a special award for over thirty years of service to The St Luke's Radiation Oncology Network (SLRON).
A HSE service which transfers critically ill patients between hospitals has had its busiest year to date having carried out a total of 469 critical care retrievals.
Ambitious plans that will see cancer treatment designed around the specific needs of 16 to 25 year olds will improve outcomes and support quality of life for patients, according to Prof Owen Smith, NCCP (National Cancer Control Programme) Clinical Lead for Child, Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer.
From teenage cancer patient to paediatrician, it’s a journey that has brought Karen O’Neill full circle – right back to working with the doctors and nurses who originally treated her
The HSE’s National Ambulance Service last week recognised the bravery of ten-year-old Owen Cunningham, from Donegal, who raised the alarm when his father fell off a cliff in November 2021
In November 2013, Cork native Eddie, a lifelong smoker of 40 cigarettes a day, noticed some changes in his overall health.
Promoting cancer prevention and early disease detection are among the remit of Dr Una Kennedy, GP Advisor to the National Cancer Control Programme.
Acknowledged as having played a critical role in controlling the pandemic, the HSE’s National Contact Management Programme was among the winners in the 2021 HSE Health Service Excellence Awards
Staff at the Cavan based HSE Vaccination Centre donned superhero costumes in recent weeks to create a more inviting space and welcoming experience for children attending.
Patrick McGovern, from Virginia, Co Cavan, is a liver transplant recipient. This is his story.
Vaping was Caoimhe Casey’s go to solution when she decided to give up smoking over two years ago.
Twenty three years into life as a mechanical engineer with Irish Cement is not the obvious time for most people to pivot into nursing. Martin Smith however, is not most people.
The New Year brings the prospect of new beginnings and for many people thinking of quitting smoking, it provides a new opportunity to succeed.
Kelly Ann McCabe went from wedding guest to hero when she saved the bride’s uncle from near certain death as he went into cardiac arrest recently.
Improving access to healthcare by promoting inclusiveness – that’s what a Rainbow Badge initiative at Eist Linn in Cork city is all about.
Staff at Nenagh Hospital started to welcome the first patients through its new Heart Failure Support Unit earlier this year.
A new service is safely keeping a high proportion of older people, who have phoned 112/999, in their own home rather than transporting them to the Emergency Department (ED) for assessment.
A simple medical device has transformed rehabilitation for patients with dizziness and balance problems, earning the physiotherapy team at Beaumont Hospital the Innovation in Digital Excellence award within the 2021 HSE Health Excellence Awards.
Over 100,000 scans have been performed in the first 10 months of 2021 under a new scheme which increased GP access to radiology diagnostics for patients.
Designed to support people with Intellectual Disability to communicate and express their unique needs when in a health care setting, the HSE Health Passport is now available as an app.
An initiative that eliminated a waiting list for care that had stretched up to 18 months was the winner of the Innovation in Service Delivery Award at the recent HSE Health Service Excellence Awards.
A Cork based initiative at Turners Cross Day Care Centre - supporting older adults to stay physically active during Covid-19 through cocooning and beyond - had a significant positive impact on the lives of older people locally.
Patients who have used StrokeLINK, a new Sláintecare funded service, run by the Mater Hospital supporting stroke patients in Dublin North City and County have praised the new service.
Covid 19 community testing integration featuring the HSE National Ambulance Service (NAS) and the Defence Forces won the recent 2021 HSE Excellence Award in the Operational Services Integration.
A celebration of a service that has changed the lives of so many, was how Minister of State Frank Feighan described the events that took place on September 26th at Cregg House in Sligo on September 26th, marking the closure of Cregg Services.
The patient is at the centre of everything we do,” stresses Karen Kelly, Candidate Cardiology Advance Nurse Practitioner (cANP) at the Midland Regional Hospital Portlaoise (MRHP) in relation to the care and support they provide for heart failure patients. Heart Failure affects an estimated two per cent of the adult population in developing countries, and over 10% amongst the over 65s. Karen outlines how the Heart Optimisation Team in Portlaoise empower patients’ in self-care for their illness, optimising their medication and contributing to the best quality of life: “All the care is designed individually for each patient. We work with the patient and their families to make sure the patient has all the support they need to manage their condition at home, avoiding hospital admission and readmission”.
Health Service Excellence Awards: The winner in the Excellence in Quality Care category was the National Gestational Trophoblastic Disease Centre in Cork University Hospital. Explaining the background and thanking those involved, Dr John Coulter, Consultant Gynaecologist and Clinical Lead explained that: “In this disease a malignancy can occur in the placenta which requires multiple courses of chemotherapy for cure in many women. Over many years in Ireland the management of gestational trophoblastic disease and molar pregnancy has been quite inconsistent and many patients have had to travel to the UK for treatment. But with the help of the National Cancer Control Programme and the HSE we set up a National Gestational Trophoblastic Disease Centre here in Ireland to provide excellence in care for all women diagnosed with molar pregnancy in Ireland.”
With National Children First Awareness Week running from November 1st to 7th, Juliette O’Sullivan, Public Health Nurse at Millmount Health Centre, Dublin outlines how the aim of the week is to raise awareness of Children First and remind wider society, including organisations working with children and young people, of our collective responsibility to keep them safe in our communities.
A virtual tour video has been made to give children and parents/guardians a realistic idea of what they can expect when a child has to attend University Hospital Limerick for surgery.
Wexford General Hospital (WGH) and South East Community Healthcare (CHO 5) are integrating acute and community services for older people with their project Age Related Care (ARC) Team, which is funded by Sláintecare.
Like so many parts of the health service, new ways of working during the pandemic required a reimagining of adult day services programmes and the ways in which they can be offered
In 2020 during the Covid-19 pandemic the speech and language team in St Mary’s Hospital, Phoenix Park adapted their service and began to use video enabled care to deliver therapy for both in-patients and out-patients.
Four years of study in Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT), featuring 80 weeks of clinical placements in HSE/South East Community Healthcare mental health services, was marked in five small ceremonies across the region this week for 50 graduates of WIT’s B.Sc. (Honours) in Psychiatric Nursing. Concluding their fourth year of the course and a 36 week continuous internship with HSE/South East Community Healthcare (SECH), 12 of the students were presented with their qualifications at the old church on the grounds of St. Otteran’s Hospital, Waterford. Similar occasions were hosted for 11 students at the Wexford Mental Health Services offices in Enniscorthy, 10 at St. Canice’s Hospital in Kilkenny, nine at St. Luke’s Hospital in Clonmel and eight at St. Dympna’s Hospital in Carlow.
Described as a “godsend” by the people who benefit from the service, the Community Intervention Team (CIT) in Kerry is a specialist nurse-led service which can allow people to avoid a hospital stay or leave hospital earlier than would have otherwise been possible. The team are proud that they continued to provide an interrupted service during Covid-19, and in fact saw an 88% increase in referrals during 2020, saving close to 1,000 hospital bed nights. The team, which began in 2012 and has grown constantly since then, holds daily clinics in Tralee, and provides home visits within 45kms of Tralee. Establishing satellite clinics in Dingle, Glenbeigh, Listowel and most recently Killarney has allowed the team to treat patients from an even wider area.
Jini Jacob and Sani George have been appointed as the first Renal Advanced Nurse Practitioner’s (ANP) at the Midland Regional Hospital Tullamore’s (MRHT) Renal Unit. Jini and Sani, both from India, started working in the Hospital in April 2006 and contributed to the development and expansion of renal services at the hospital over the last 15 years. In that time the Hospital has increased from a six station to a twenty nine station Haemodialysis Unit, providing acute dialysis treatment within the ICU/CCU and the Nephrology in-patient Medical ward and most recently has become the parent site for the contracted haemodialysis unit located in Portlaoise.
Galway patients are benefitting from swifter access to cardiac diagnostic tests and care following the introduction of heart failure diagnostics and care in the community in recent months. The development of the Community Cardiac Diagnostics Programme has meant that waiting lists have reduced from six months to six weeks as a result. Patients can now access services locally, avoiding the necessity for a visit to Galway University Hospital. Funded by Slaintcare, Galway University Hospitals is running this community-based service with Primary Care Centres in Tuam, Gort, Claremorris and Galway City, allowing patients to receive care closer to home in a Primary Care Centre. GPs can refer their patients with suspected Heart Failure directly to the service for tests and diagnosis. This makes it easier for patients to access routine care related to their heart condition.
Tallaght University Hospital recently held their annual Hero Awards where individual staff and teams are recognised for the incredible difference they have made to patients, their families and to their colleagues. Speaking at the event, Lucy Nugent, TUH Chief Executive said that the Covid 19 Pandemic had presented everyone, both professionally and personally with enormous challenges: “No one could ever have envisaged the changes we would have undergone in providing care to our patients or how our own lives would alter. Every single person working across the Hospital has had to adapt and this has been done with incredible spirit, compassion and dedication, always putting the patient and their families first. I would like to congratulate all of the award recipients and thank them for the incredible energy and commitment they bring to the Hospital.”
Like most people of her generation, 46-year-old Ruth O’Mahony became aware of cervical cancer when English personality Jade Goody was diagnosed with the disease. “I was a fan of Big Brother and I remember when she died in 2009. It resonated. At this stage I had two children – the youngest was nine. That story frightened me a lot, and I had it in mind I should have gone for screening at some point,” says Ruth. In the summer of 2009, with the national cervical cancer screening programme CervicalCheck still in its infancy, Ruth had her first screening test. Like many people too, Ruth can’t really remember if she was invited to attend, or if she was signed up by her GP, or whether she knew much about the cervical screening process back then. But she went along, put her trust in her practice nurse, and had the screening test.
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.”
Tuesday, August 31st is International Overdose Awareness Day - the world’s largest annual campaign to raise awareness about overdose acknowledging those who have died and recognising the grief of the family and friends left behind. The campaign raises awareness of overdose and promotes action and discussion about evidence-based overdose prevention. It is a time for communities throughout Ireland to remember those who have died as a result of drug overdose and to raise awareness about the measures which can prevent overdose. For Sinead Carey, Head of Homeless Services with Cope Galway, one of the most significant developments in recent years in the area of overdose has been the introduction of naloxone into the community in a planned manner.
The new Waterford Residential Care Centre will provide an enchanced service and represents a major step forward for community healthcare in the region.
Mayo University Hospital (MUH) recently launched their new volunteers’ booth donated by Baxter Healthcare in recognition of the hard work and dedication of the hospital staff throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Indian Ambassador to Ireland, His Excellency Mr Sandeep Kumar, recently paid a special visit to New Haughton Hospital in New Ross, Co Wexford.
Clare is providing a blueprint for the roll out of Lymphoedema Specialist Clinics across the country with the first service of its kind in primary care being piloted in Ennis
“It is wonderful to be part of a project that transforms people’s lives in this way – to witness the joy and pride people have in having their own home.”
A ‘morale boost’ for HSE staff was how CEO Paul Reid and National HR Director Anne Marie Hoey described the artwork produced by Fifth Class pupils from Powerstown Educate Together National School who were invited to participate in a mini art competition featuring the theme of “Dream Holidays for Healthcare Workers.”
He was in awe of them for saving his life and they were in awe of him for surviving” – Tim Carroll describing the meeting of his Dad, 78 year old Patrick Carroll and the group of individuals from the combined Emergency Services who came to his assistance in on January 3rd last year when he was involved in a traffic accident.
A resident of a Dublin homeless shelter has spoken of his joy after receiving a one-shot Covid-19 vaccine as part of the HSE’s programme to reach vulnerable groups.
A new mobile health service will travel to all parts of Cork and Kerry in order to make support, information and interventions around sexual health and drug and alcohol services available to all.
A unique art project was unveiled at the Paediatric Unit in Midland Regional Hospital Portlaoise last week. A series of artworks by Fourth Class students at Portarlington Presentation Primary School, the project was inspired by a classmate who has undergone treatment in the hospital.
Liam Rossiter was diagnosed with heart failure four years ago. The support offered by the Irish Heart Foundation (IHF) Heart Failure support group, supported by the HSE, in the years since have provided him with “vital reassurance.
Paddy Mooney, a resident of the Dunabbey House, Dungarvan, Co Waterford, had a very special celebration to mark his 100th birthday on May 4th. A native of Dunabrattin, Annestown, Co Waterford, Paddy is a World War ll RAF veteran and his significant birthday was marked in a day of socially distanced festivities at the HSE/South East Community Healthcare’s residential nursing unit in Dungarvan. RTE captured the day,
Kerry Stroke Support Group was set up in 2009 as an initiative of the Tralee Primary Care Team to support stroke survivors in Co Kerry. Mary Carmody, Chairperson Stroke Group explains that when her then 54 year old husband had a stroke in 2006, he was “a very unlikely candidate to have a stroke.
According to Cork native AnneMarie McAuliffe, her fifteen year old son Conor is a “walking miracle.” Conor attends St Paul’s School, part of the Cope Foundation, in Cork City.
The team at the Tralee public vaccination centre are currently welcoming people from the 65-69 age-group for vaccinations, with lead co-ordinator Máire Flynn explaining that everyone comes in with a smile and is met with a smile from the enthusiastic staff: “We’re smiling welcoming them, and they’re smiling coming in.”
Quitting is working out for Maria Moran so far. Having taken her own advice in November to “just do it” she has now recorded five months as a quitter. And her daughter is delighted. Nine year old Caoimhe was the original inspiration and motivation for Maria, who is Business Manager with HSE Older Persons Services in Cork. Having been a smoker since her teens, the Cork native had considered quitting in the past but never actively tried. Caoimhe’s announcement last year to her mum that she didn’t want her to die from smoking, was the emotional bolt that finally motivated her into action.
Clients at Grangemore mental health rehabilitation centre in Waterford were treated to some top class musical entertainment last week, as the “Covid Care Concerts” series paid them a return and welcome visit.
Residents at Dungarvan Community Hospital in Co. Waterford had a special treat in recent days when they had a very special visit from some Easter chicks.
As the world clambered to make the switch to virtual interactions when the COVID-19 pandemic hit in March 2020, the physiotherapy team in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda were already well ahead of the curve.
The team at the Limerick Contact Tracing Centre took a break from the stresses of their work recently to join in Ireland’s Jerusalema dance challenge trend and raise money for a local suicide charity at the same time.
One Cork mum praised her children’s Early Intervention Team for their support – in-person and virtual – over the last year and said her family were trying to see the silver linings in the dark COVID-19 cloud.
Joy, excitement and and relief were the emotions and feelings in circulation in the John Paul Centre, Ballybane, Galway in recent weeks as the Brothers of Charity in collaboration with Community Healthcare West, continued the COVID-19 vaccination rollout of residential disability services.
Dr Salib couldn’t sleep the night before he got his first dose of the Covid 19 vaccine; his excitement was loaded with relief as he had almost died from the illness in March last year.
In recent weeks, participants from a community group in Rialto, Dublin offered 450 home-crafted hearts to frontline workers in St James's Hospital, Dublin as a token of their appreciation.
The staff of the Community Mental health services for Older People in Ardee, Co Louth tell the story of how they adapted their service and embraced technology to deliver an excellent service to their patients using video calls.
It has been a difficult year for healthcare workers across the country and for those with children, the challenge of managing work and home life while schools were closed was particularly challenging. Some of those working in maternity units in Ireland South Women and Infants Directorate outlined their experience.
A Donegal GP and his wife who worked with him as a Practice Nurse have come out of retirement to administer the Covid 19 vaccination.
March 2nd saw couple Nick and Marie Murphy, from Hillview, both receive their Covid 19 vaccine at the Keogh Practice in the Waterford Primary Care Centre, John’s Hill.
Sixteen Galway GP practices in collaboration with third year medical students from National University of Ireland Galway and Community Healthcare West commenced the COVID-19 vaccination rollout of the 85 and older group on Saturday February 27th. The venue was Merlin Park Hospital Campus and the enthusiasm and joy was captured on the day
When they were needed to step up during the COVID-19 public health emergency, the Defence Forces jumped into action and their experience proved vital.
Staff and residents from Merlin Park Community Nursing Unit, Galway recently received their second Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.
It has been a long road back to recovery after a broken ankle for Cork woman Philomena Slattery.
‘Our Stories’ is a series of artworks by artist John Conway inspired by his conversations with staff of Children’s Health Ireland (CHI) at Crumlin, Tallaght and Temple St in 2019 during which they reflected on their workplaces and the role art plays in normalising the space for children.
The HSE National Ambulance Service has to been to the forefront of the response to the pandemic over the past year. In more recent weeks they have been playing a vital role in the roll out of the vaccination programme both as vaccinators and in the establishment of temporary vaccine clinics.
On Monday 18th January, staff and residents from the Plunkett Community Nursing Unit, Boyle, Co Roscommon, were the first in HSE Older People’s Services in Co. Roscommon to receive the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine
By early February a total of 151,212 first doses and 79,554 second doses of the vaccine had been administered. Residents and staff in long term facilities and frontline healthcare workers were the first groups to be targeted and their delight in receiving the vaccine is captured.
Director of Nursing at Killarney Community Hospitals Máire Flynn describes the sense of relief as vaccinations began there on Thursday, with 95-year-old John Cremin from Knocknagree the first resident to be vaccinated.
Karen Kennedy was part of an historic panel of Dubliners that won a first TG4 All-Ireland Senior Championship for the county back in 2010, and more than ten years on, she is at the heart of an even more important team. The former Naomh Mearnóg and Dublin player is a public health nurse by trade, but since the outbreak of Covid-19 she has seen her role expand, most recently into acting as a vaccinator.
Quitting is something most of us are trying to avoid right now – holding firm and hanging on is where we are all aiming to be. Yet, for the thousands of smokers who annually embrace the New Year as the right time
A trio of bone fractures in one family over just six weeks early last year certainly made one Cork family wonder at the unfortunate power of three.
Louise Power, Arthroplasty Nurse Specialist was the first person in Tallaght University Hospital to be vaccinated on January 5th, with the programme rolled out in the subsequent days. Louise was vaccinated by her colleague Vivienne Dick, Clinical Nurse Facilitator, from Milford, Co Donegal. A peer vaccination team of up to 30 nurses were on site to administer the vaccine to staff Monday to Saturday ensuring that all personnel are protected in a planned and timely way.
101 year old Sarah Madden, a native of Bowling Green, Galway, was among the residents in Merlin Park Community Nursing Unit, Galway to receive the Covid vaccine.
Two Dublin ladies currently in a social pod together were among the first people to receive the COVID 19 vaccine last week. Florence O’Reilly, 87 from Cabra, Dublin and Nancy Keogh, 92 from Stoneybatter, received the vaccine at their residence in the Navan Rd Community Nursing Home.
Delighted that the New Year has seen her become the first staff member in Sligo University Hospital to receive the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine last week Staff Midwife, Mary Meade says along with her colleagues they have “seen the devastating effect of this infection on our patients and their families.”
Staff Nurse Rosaline O’Brien became the first healthcare professional in the Mid-West to receive the COVID 19 vaccine last Monday January 4th.
With the roll out of the COVID 19 Vaccination Programme, thousands of HSE Staff across the country are being prioritised to receive the vaccine. Among the first to receive the vaccine were staff in University Hospital Galway, St James’s and Beaumont Hospitals in Dublin and Cork University Hospital.