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.”
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.
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.”
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.
The HSE Naas Staff Choir got their voices behind Pride 2020 with an amazing virtual performance of Lady Gaga’s Born This Way. The staff choir have been continuing to sing together and connect from home during the COVID-19 restrictions and were delighted to get the invitation from LGBT Ireland to support the nationwide Pride 2020 celebrations.
Conquering the Irish coastline virtually via the scenic surroundings of the Sligo countryside is something occupational therapist Lisa McGill never anticipated for May 2020. The Sligo community-based Occupational Therapist, along with physiotherapist Shane Bohan and speech and language therapist Tara Cawley, saw an opportunity to gather a community of colleagues and set a collective challenge to complete a 1707km round trip of Irish coastal towns and raise funds for local charities.
We have seen the power of kindness during the COVID-19 crisis and there has been an outpouring of love and support for our healthcare staff. Connolly Hospital, with the generosity of small businesses transformed an old unused room to a beautiful tranquil space for all staff. The room, aptly renamed 'The Haven' is where staff can retreat from the toil of fighting COVID-19 to a warm, comfortable, peaceful sanctuary.
Tallaght University Hospital (TUH) has responded in creative and adaptable ways to the unique challenges presented by COVID-19 to ensure patients and staff still have access to art and music - but in a different and more virtual way. As with all services across the Hospital, COVID-19 has severely impacted the process of delivering the Arts Service in the hospital. Music therapy and art at the bedside services to patients are not possible and ‘Heartbeats - TUH Choir’ rehearsals have been cancelled due to necessary social distancing and infection-control measures. But the work of The National Centre for Arts & Health at TUH has ensured that patients and staff continue to have the health and wellbeing benefits that art and music bring.
Last week, we introduced our three staff Quit Leaders – Shauna Strutt, Jennifer Curtis and Martha Clarke who are taking part in the 28-day no smoking challenge. As we head into the second week of the challenge for our Quit Leaders, we check in with them to see how they are getting on.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.