As the HSE hit the millionth COVID-19 test on Wednesday, one contact tracer (CT) has given an insight into an average day carrying out the vital work. Caroline Lennon-Nally explained that she had requested a move to the contact tracing team from her role in the National Quality Improvement Team when the pandemic hit back in March. “I recognised the critical importance of CT in protecting the health of the people of Ireland. I am passionate about working with people in order to help and support them and that was my primary motivation for requesting to be involved in this work,” said the contact tracer. Virtual contact tracers (CTs) are people who work outside the standard call centers. In the case of COVID-19, most are likely working from home.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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
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’.
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.
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.
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
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.
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)
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.
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.
The convent in Ballyshannon has been transformed into the area’s new primary care centre.
Introducing @hselive a new multi-channel information service to answer question and be a guide to the Irish Health Service
€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.