On 5 January 2019, the Woodlands Unit opened its doors to patients. An innovative residential service for older patients who no longer require acute care but for whom a return home or to a non-acute setting may take some time to arrange. A year on, some of the team at Connolly Hospital reflect on the task of getting the unit opened on time. Woodlands Unit was developed to address the challenge of ensuring older patients are cared for in the most appropriate health care setting. The service demonstrates Sláintecare in action, helping us to deliver the right care in the right place at the right time
The death of their beloved daughter prompted one Co Kerry family to ensure that life was made a little easier for other sick children. Tony and Mary Heffernan set up the Saoirse Foundation, named after their daughter who sadly lost her life in 2011 at the family home at the tender age of five. Saoirse had the rare and always fatal neurological condition, Batten Disease. The foundation owns and operates BUMBLEance, the world’s first fully interactive Children’s Ambulance Service. It launched its latest vehicle at the Children’s Hospital Ireland’s (CHI) new paediatric Urgent Care Centre at Connolly Hospital, Dublin.
Limerick Dementia Social Club recently celebrated its first birthday, having opened its doors in November 2018 to people with dementia and their carers from across the county. Held on the first Wednesday of every month, the club aims to support people to live well with dementia by providing a dementia-friendly space where people socialise, enjoy refreshments, share information and participate in activities.
Hospital staff had to walk in the shoes of some of their patients recently when they took part in a one-day challenge, following a strict renal diet for 24 hours. The 24-hour renal diet challenge was the brainchild of Eileen Duff, Renal Dietician in Cork University Hospital.
Tralee has opened its arms wide for its citizens and visitors living with dementia, becoming an official dementia-friendly town. A group was formed in the Kerry town to promote awareness of dementia and to support businesses in their interactions with people with dementia and memory deficits. The project goes hand in hand with the aims of the Age Friendly Strategy for the county.
They come from all walks of life, young and old and from many different communities around Kerry but together they all share a common bond in that they are all stroke survivors. With the wonderful help of the Stroke Day Service, they are getting their lives back together one step at a time. The Stroke Day Service at Baile Mhuire has been ongoing for over a year now providing nursing and physiotherapy support to people recovering from a stroke. This one day a week service delivers a 10-week programme to support people after a stroke.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Helen Twomey has cerebral palsy and has severe mobility issues. But now she has a new best friend who has changed all that – Alexa!
Paul Reid, CEO and the HSE Executive Management Team reflect on the commitment and dedication of our staff and wish everyone in every part of the country and service a Happy and Peaceful Christmas
Staff in Connolly Hospital Blanchardstown are providing a welcoming, caring and innovative residential service for older patients awaiting full discharge from the hospital
From the humble beginnings of the creation of a coffee shop, staff, residents and the broader community are transforming Ennistymon Community Nursing Unit into a community hub featuring a Memory Lane that houses a coffee shop, vintage boutique shop, Post Office, Town Hall Cinema, Hair and Nail Bar, Men’s Shed and plant nursery. They have also involved local primary school children in an intergenerational project that allows the children to “buddy-up” with residents.
HSE staff have been making a huge difference into the lives of Co Mayo families for 17 years, bringing a bit of Christmas magic to many homes in need. Back in 2002, recognising the hardship that some people were facing in the local area, staff in Mayo decided that they would do something to help, and so the Bronntanas project was born. The main goal of the scheme is to support parents who are experiencing difficulties at Christmas by providing a gift for them to give their children on Christmas morning. Its success can be seen from the fact that gifts were given to over 450 children in the county last year.
A determined and dedicated team of midwives and their colleagues in Cork University Maternity Hospital (CUMH) have transformed the birthing suite rooms and the experiences of the expectant mums using them.
In the year that she fulfilled her own swimming dream, a Cork Public Health Nurse has urged carers to look after their own health and keep active.
An area of waste ground at the rear of a day centre for people with severe mental health issues has been transformed into a beautiful garden – and all with the help of the service users themselves. The new garden at Abbeyview Day Centre in Castledermot, Co Kildare was officially unveiled recently to the delight of everyone involved.
Mayo has developed the country’s first online information resource for young people whose parents experience mental health distress. The WITH project (Wellbeing In The Home), a young person’s guide to parental mental health, was launched in Castlebar recently. It is a collaborative project between Mayo Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), Community Healthcare West; Mindspace Mayo; young people representing Mindspace and Comhairle na nÓg and young people who have used the CAMHS service.
The Home First Team is a specialist team supporting patients over the age of 75 who are treated in the Emergency Department and the Acute Medical Assessment Unit in the hospital.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The real prize for the joint winner of the recent HSE staff steps challenge was simply being able to take part, two years after a diagnosis of incurable cancer. Mary Holden, Communications Manager at the Coombe Women & Infants University Hospital in Dublin, said the Steps to Health Challenge gave her a reason to get back to exercise and boost her health at the same time.
A Roscommon based knitting group has been helping to improve the lives of clients of mental health services and has been very successful in its inclusive approach and its fund raising efforts.
Music Therapist Catherine Sweeney Brown has taken up a one year residence in University Hospital Waterford with her audience and benefactors the babies in the Neonatal and Special Care Baby Unit.
Bernie White, Supervisor in the Coombe Hospital, is one of Ireland’s Master Athletes. Her impressive success is even more impressive as she has overcome significant injury and breast cancer in achieving her victories
A simple telephone service has been helping keep patients with lung disease out of hospital and able to manage their symptoms at home. The initiative involving nurse specialists creates a virtual clinic that means less trips to hospital for patients and a more efficient way of managing their conditions
Midwives, doctors, physios, dieticians and new parents ( joined by their babies) recently came together for the first ever Whose Shoes event at University Hospital Galway (UHG). Its aim is to help improve women’s experience of maternity care by building on local relationships and enhancing existing relationships within the services.
Baby Senan Fraser, born at 25 weeks got his first vaccinations in Rotunda where staff have an 80% uptake rate – double protection for a premature baby
North West Home Sharing Programme brings both respite and friendship – hosts, guests and families speak of the bond of friendship that forms when families open their homes to individuals with disabilities, providing respite but also enriching the lives of the hosts and their families
Crumlin Hospital teamed up with Disney Ireland and BBDO Dublin to use Toy Story and other Disney characters to de-traumatise the X-ray process. They placed X-ray images of the characters on the walls of the hospital’s department and it has been a great success with the children
Golden Retriever Cody is the latest recruit to Portiuncula University Hospital, bringing pet therapy to patients and cheering both staff and patients
Galway based paramedic Eamonn Baxter, having saved the life of baby Jonah Murphy who went into cardiac arrest at seven weeks, returned, four years later, to present him with a very special Six Star Marathon Medal after he completed the unique challenge of six marathons
The team in St Brendan’s Care Home, Loughrea, Co Galway trial an unusual technological support for people with dementia. Mario the Robot was introduced as a guest and proved a positive addition, entertaining, supporting and interacting with clients
Just weeks after his wife Mairead encouraged Paul to do a CPR class, he ended up using those skills to save her life
Mum Amanda outlines how her son Charlie will be the amongst the first boys to receive the HPV Vaccine in September
A surprise diagnosis and a feeling of being overwhelmed led to two Kildare mums penning a wonderful new book to help families of children born with Cystic Fibrosis.
HSE primary care dental staff now have access to fully digitised dental treatment records for all of their patients following the completion of a nationwide rollout of the HSE National Dental Record and Information System. The system is now live in 221 locations in 26 counties.
Distractions from visitors and medical staff during meals can have a massive effect on a patient’s nutrition during a hospital stay. The goal of a new initiative in Sligo University Hospital is to review ward environment during mealtimes.
Pat has only one regret when she looks around her sister Sheila’s beautiful home – that her move there didn’t happen sooner. Sheila has Down Syndrome and recently moved to Killinthomas Lodge following a diagnosis of dementia.
A unique nursing role in the Beaumont Hospital is tackling the chronic problem of alcohol related hospital admissions.
Play is more than playgrounds and it is not just for young children. An urban regeneration project in Tralee is making that their mantra as they rethink the idea of play and its role in developing social wellbeing.
A free, simple home bowel screening test saved the life of Co Cork father-of-four Bernard Wallace and he is now urging people to take part in the programme. April is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month.
As a paramedic Jason McKenna is used to being a lifesaver but he’s also the recipient of a lifesaving kidney.
One of the main attractions of becoming a public health nurse for Michael Power was the opportunity to look after patients in their own homes and communities.
An innovative parenting programme has been helping parents and children create calmer and happier households across the Midlands for nearly a decade.
Dental services and public health nurses in Waterford are working together to reduce dental extractions for children in their care.
Watch the video from the WellComm – Well Communities Connect event in Cork, held in January 2019.
The Regional Hospital Mullingar has introduced a Frailty Intervention Team (MFIT) for patients aged over 75 years attending their Emergency Department. The project recently won the Popular vote category at the Health Service Excellence awards. They were nominated in the Improving Patient Experience category.
Watch our video from the launch of the HSE Intercultural Strategy
Access to Psychology Services Ireland (APSI) provides services in Co Roscommon. They were the recipients of a Health Service Excellence awards recently in the category ‘Championing Mental Health’.
Health inclusion team Safetynet Primary Care is helping to remove barriers to care for people who are homeless.
Ard Chúram Day Care Centre provides a lifeline for older people in North Kerry
When well-known journalist Philip Nolan was first told he had Type 2 diabetes, his biggest fear was going blind.
The most challenging issue for Tom Hope after he was diagnosed with prostate cancer was accepting that he had the disease.
“From the general manager to the staff in the cafeteria, we must get the flu vaccine. We come into contact with so many people – high-risk people, pregnant women and old people. They need us to be on our best game”
The unique Support Volunteers Initiative in Carlow and Kilkenny is giving people with mental health difficulties much-needed support during their visits to the local Emergency Department.
Gay and bisexual men can have a ‘pint and a prick’ on their nights out thanks to a programme that has been breaking down barriers to HIV testing in cities across Ireland for over two years.
"It was like I had won the Lotto.” They are not the words you expect someone to use to describe their heart attack but, for 65-year-old Donegal man Sean Culleton, luck was definitely on his side when he collapsed on the golf course two years ago.
Footballer Cathal Joyce was 25 and in the shape of his life. He was getting ready to line out for Athlone in a club championship semi-final when he suffered a cardiac arrest.
An ICU nurse had to use all her 20 years of experience when she awoke in the early hours of the morning to her husband having a cardiac arrest in the bed next to her. Following the traumatic experience that saw Geraldine Bolger perform CPR for 30 minutes, she is urging people to learn the technique.
Rosaleen, her husband and four children recently made the trip to Baldonnell on the invitation of the Air Corps who airlifted her to hospital two years ago.
In October 2016, Michelle Herbert suffered a cardiac arrest while playing in the Limerick junior county camogie final.
Last week, groups gathered around the country to celebrate National Breastfeeding Week. We caught up with one group in Malahide
Nursing home residents feel the wind in their hair thanks to exciting new project
The recent wedding of one Dublin couple was made extra special by the fact that the mother of the bride was also the celebrant.
As HSE teams begin visiting schools for this year's HPV vaccination campaign, Laura Brennan gave a moving speech at a HSE media event in Dublin.
As we come to the end of Palliative Care Week, nurse Jacqueline Kells talks about the new Palliative Care Needs Assessment (PCNA) pocket guide and her role as a Palliative Care Nurse
News this week that carers in receipt of carers allowance or benefit are entitled to a free GP visit card means that there is one less worry for Moira and her family.
Bridget Sugrue lost her daughter to a drugs overdose 14 years ago, said the impact of naloxone for families struggling to deal with drug addiction cannot be overstated.
The new birthing pool has already become a wonderful addition to the facilities at Maternity Hospital Limerick, with local mums praising the sense of calm and empowerment they felt during their labours.
Learning about his diabetes has helped to empower one man to change his lifestyle and enjoy a good quality of life despite the diagnosis.
A diagnosis of dementia can often leave a person and their family feeling completely alone and isolated. But a recent series of community awareness talks took place in Kilkenny and Carlow to help people come to terms with the challenges ahead of them and inform them on the many supports available to them.
An exciting year begins for Kerry-born Hannah Kelliher as she takes up the Aspire Advanced Resuscitation Fellowship in the Mater Hospital this week.
Tipperary got a chance to see things through the eyes of drivers with disabilities.The Back in 5 campaign aims to draw attention to the misuse of accessible parking bays.
An exhibition of artwork at University Hospital Waterford (UHW) will make it ‘a better place for everyone and help to lift people’s spirits’.
A unique new children’s book is helping youngsters cope with finding out that a relative or loved one has dementia.
William Russell was overwhelmed when he was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes until he completed an education and self-management course and took control of his condition.
Kitty Kelly has been providing a smile and a kind word to staff and patients of St Camillus’ Community Hospital in Limerick for 43 years and insists that she could not have found a happier place to work.
An aidhm atá ag an scéim scoláireachta ar leith seo ná cainteoirí Gaeilge a mhealladh i dtreo na seirbhíse sláinte chun cabhrú le seachadadh seirbhísí i nGaeilge.
Nurse led service is improving waiting times for oncology and haematology patients. .
Midwife Sandra Sherwin was on a mission to make pregnancy yoga classes available to women.
To mark International Women’s Day 2018, we speak to two women in leadership positions in the HSE - Anne O’Connor, National Director for Community Operations, and Mary Walshe, Chief Officer, Community Health Organisation Dublin North City and County
Five years ago, Martin Quinn suffered a stroke on live radio, an event which he will forever associate with Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai, credited with inspiring his amazing recovery.
The Serum Eye Drop Programme in University Hospital Galway prepares eye-drops using patients own blood, to relieve conditions such as severe dry-eye to burns and ulcers in the eye. The hospital is the only licensed producer of serum eye-drops in the country. The project won the ‘Team Project’ and ‘People’s Choice’ awards at last year’s Health Service Excellence Awards. #OurHealthService
Michael Power is a student representative of the National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA). He tells us about his personal experience of the navigating our health service with literacy difficulties.
People who have experienced mental health issues and are in recovery themselves have been offering support to service users across the country in a new approach by the HSE Mental Health Division.
When patients admitted to St. Vincent’s University Hospital for management of the acute diabetic foot increased by 52%, staff established a project that resulted in fewer hospital admissions and fewer amputations.
When Edward Humphrey went from smoking 20 cigarettes a day to 60, he knew his habit was out of control and resolved to quit.
The Temple Street Children's Hospital Influenza Vaccination Campaign 2016/2017 encouraged the uptake of the vaccine among staff.
The annual Stone Award recognises a nurse who has made a consistently great contribution in the field of dermatology nursing. It has recently been awarded to Limerick nurse, Sheila Ryan.
The Food First project in St Mary’s Hospital, Phoenix Park, Dublin, aims to reduce patients reliance on oral nutritional supplements by improving mealtime practices. The project won the ‘Improving Patient Experience’ award at the 2017 Health Service Excellence Awards.
Ellie Noone was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes when she was four years old. With the support of her team in University Hospital Limerick, Ellie (7) and her family, refuse to let her condition get in the way of a full and active life.
In response to a dramatic increase in STI's among men who have sex with men in 2016, the Gay Men's Health Service set up a new walk in clinic. The service was nominated for a Health Service Excellence Award last year. Watch the video here.
Three transition year students from Kinsale, Co. Cork, inspired by the ‘Pearl of Wisdom’ campaign, have carried out research on women’s knowledge of cervical screening and what influences then to attend. They are at the BT Young Scientists Exhibition this weekend in the RDS, Dublin.
When Kate gave up smoking, she did it for her health. She didn’t realise it would eventually spark a successful Ireland business
Audrey Burkley, a School Vaccination PHN with North Lee Community Services, Cork, achieved her life goal when she swam the English Channel this summer.
10 years ago, Bernie Tierney got chatting to some of the hospitals older patients as Christmas approached and she had an idea.
The project supports families in Mayo, working with Santa to provide a gift on Christmas morning. The project won the HR Special Award at the Health Service Excellence Award.
St Raphael’s in Youghal has been a home for people with intellectual disabilities since the 1990’s. As part of the HSE’s Transforming Lives strategy, residents have now moved to houses in the local community, living ordinary lives in ordinary places.
A partnership by the HSE and ALONE Ireland has emerged overall winner at the Health Service Excellence Awards. The volunteer befriending and support service has, so far, supported 489 older people in Ireland.
An amazing ‘flash mob’ performance by the newly formed HSE Tullamore Staff Choir has gone viral, being viewed over a million times
The Fenton quads dropped into Southill Health Centre, Limerick recently to help staff turn on their Christmas lights. The quads have been supported by Public Health Nurse Eimear Laffan since their birth in October 2016
Meet some of the staff and patients of the recently renovated facility
A project in Monaghan aims to build positive mental health in children through art and drama
Dr Cliona Ní Cheallaigh, along with nurse Ann Marie Lawlee, has just completed an Inclusion Health pilot project that successfully reduced the rates of admission, re-admission and length-of-stay of homeless patients at St James’s Hospital in Dublin.
The residents and staff of St John’s Hospital, Sligo thank outstanding volunteer Eileen Higgins.
Meet Maureen and Paddy – the faces of the new Dementia, Understand Together TV Ads.
Seamus Woods is a Project Manager with 25 years’ experience. He talks us through this current role with the HSE Programme for Health Service Improvement (PHSI)
Hundreds of health service staff last week took part in ‘Restart a Heart’ training to raise awareness about out-of-hospital cardiac arrest and improve public knowledge about resuscitation and CPR.
At age 61, Stephen Lynch was given a choice between giving up smoking or having his leg amputated. 14 years later he's smoke free and enjoying life with his family.
Reusable medical equipment from Ireland helps improve healthcare and training.
The health and wellbeing benefits of choral singing
Drug and Alcohol Helpline Manager, Aileen Dooley, shares a typical day at work on the helpline.
HSE launched the annual Flu vaccine campaign, aimed at encouraging healthcare workers and at-risk groups to get vaccinated against seasonal influenza.
Every breastfeed makes a difference: encouraging mothers to start breastfeeding.
Two nurses from University Hospital Waterford (UHW) received a prestigious international Award for Excellence in Cardiovascular Care 2017
National Haemophilia Chief shares her story with Ryan Tubridy on RTE Radio.
Voices of support: Dublin group steps into the limelight.
Paediatric Department in University Hospital Limerick grateful for technology donation from University of Limerick Medical Society.
Stephen shows that while diabetes is a lifelong condition that needs intensive management, young people with type 1 diabetes can still go on and achieve their goals whether in education, in sport or in life in general.
Leitrim native Eilis Hession has been recognised for her outstanding patient care in the European Kate Granger Awards 2017.
Yvonne O’Hagan was smoking since she was 17 years old and never thought she’d succeed at quitting.
When Janet Doyle went into anaphylactic shock at home in Co. Laois, her daughter Sophie, 7, came to the rescue with the help of the National Ambulance Service
A 46-year-old father of three who had a heart attack while in the swimming pool at the University of Limerick has raised thousands of euro for defibrillators.
Dolores was diagnosed with ovarian cancer after being admitted to hospital for treatment for another condition almost seven years ago.
Enhancing commitment to creating an inclusive workplace,welcoming and supportive of employees.
Beginning a journey to recovery, with or without mental health difficulties, is possible for everyone, and the first step in that process is often as simple as telling someone what’s going on.
The new home of specialist dermatological services at University Hospital Limerick provides new treatments, added capacity and a much improved environment for patients with skin conditions and cancers.
International Day of the Midwife is celebrated globally every year on the 5th May to highlight millions of women and newborns around the world are cared for by skilled midwives
An information booklet for General Practitioners (GPs) working with transgender people in the South East has been launched by the HSE.
Patients who take part in trials make a profound community contribution. What they do is really important.
Part of the Living Well with Dementia pilot project - “See the Person, not their Dementia”.
There are now more people who have quit smoking than smokers in Ireland and Amanda White, who kicked the habit more than a year ago, says it's the best thing she ever did.
The convent in Ballyshannon has been transformed into the area’s new primary care centre.
Seven students recently graduated from Blue Teapot’s programme specifically for adults with intellectual disabilities
Patients now have an electronic record instead of a paper record, which will enhance patient care
Her success marks an important milestone for cardiology and nursing services nationally and in Tallaght Hospital
Fiona Boyle, Smoking Cessation Advisor, caught up with Jimmy Kavanagh, as he celebrated 10 years since he quit smoking.
Introducing @hselive a new multi-channel information service to answer question and be a guide to the Irish Health Service
Thanks to an insulin pump, a family of three children are now able to lead normal lives
€5.5 million investment in new extension and refurbished Emergency Department in Tallaght to reduce double-backing and increase efficiency.
Survey highlights patient’s gratitude to the staff working in Injury Units across the country.
A dental nurse has branched out into the world of medical tattooing, transforming the lives of many of her patients.
Dementia Understand Together, a new campaign to increase awareness of dementia
By the end of 2021, all women aged 50-69 will be invited for free routine mammograms