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.
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.
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.
Occupational therapists on the Coolock and Darndale Community Mental Health Teams brought together both service users and team members to form a photography group to tackle isolation and build morale in the midst of COVID-19 restrictions and despite limited resources available. As indoor and outdoor face-to-face groups had and still are discontinued due to increased risks, the occupational therapists decided to go digital in engaging their service users.
The COVID-19-enforced closure of Day Services for older people has had a major impact on clients, with one in five expressing a feeling of loneliness or isolation as a result. However, new repurposed services, including the provision of Meals on Wheels, telephone calls and laundry service, are having a positive impact on quality of life of the clients with one in two clients availing of new services. The findings are from research commissioned to look at the impact of the closure of Day Services on service users, carers for people with dementia and the service providers.
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.
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.
Staff in Connolly Hospital Blanchardstown are providing a welcoming, caring and innovative residential service for older patients awaiting full discharge from the hospital
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.