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Commitment and creativity on display on social media as healthcare staff tackle COVID 19

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Nora, at the Mercy University Hospital keeping the wards ‘spick and span’.

The commitment, energy, creativity of those working in healthcare settings in addressing the COVID 19 challenge right across the country continues to be on display over the past week with ample illustrations visible through social media. The Mater Foundation reminded us of Mater nurse Aoife McGiveney’s bravery last year when she saved the life of a Dublin Bus driver who had become unconscious at the wheel of the bus and show us Aoife today at the frontline with their team facing COVID19.

In Tallaght University Hospital, Dr Ronan Collins showed their ingenuity by holding a “drive-through” warfarin clinic to protect and care for patients. 

In Children’s Health Ireland at Crumlin, the Play Specialists and children collaborated through their artwork to ensure that the staff at the hospital knew that they were their heroes. Embed code:

RTE were on hand this week to showcase some of the great initiatives and stories that have emerged. In Cork, Neonatologist Dr Gene Dempsey told Paschal Sheehy about the technological solution they have put in place to allow parents and families to experience virtual visiting and interaction with the babies in the neonatal unit. Embed code:

Further north in Roscommon, Ciaran Mullooly met up with the remarkable 82-year-old Paddy Joe Lynch at his home following his discharge from Sligo University Hospital after he recovered from COVID 19. 

In Mercy University Hospital we were introduced to a member of staff whom Dr. Chris Luke described as a heroine: “This is what a heroine looks like: Nora, cheerfully keeping the ED spick and span and the staff protected.” 

In Beaumont Hospital, Dr Fidelma Fitzpatrick paid tribute to “our scientists” for getting a testing service “up and running in record time” featuring Dr Karina O’Connell and Aoife Higgins.

HSE Estates Cork/Kerry was acknowledged for their role in successfully transforming and repurposing a chapel into a 19 bedded facility.

Consultant Rheumatologist Laura Durcan shared a video of “the crew from Paul’s ward” in Beaumont Hospital “giving a huge PPE’d round of applause to all the kids staying home to keep us all safe.”

Recognising those healthcare staff who have returned to Ireland from abroad, Mary Bardin acknowledged the “first day at work for a group of doctors who returned from Australia to support the team at St Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin in the fight against COVID 19.”

In Galway, Scaolta Hospital Group acknowledged the Adult Cystic Fibrosis Team at University Hospital, Galway who are “using technology to replace face to face appointments during COVID 19.”

In a poignant video Ger O’Dea from the National Ambulance Service outlined how he had “made the ultimate sacrifice to protect those most important to me so that I can continue to work on the frontline with the National Ambulance Service.” He was doing this to protect his own family, he explained.

The significant undertaking of training and preparing staff for tracing duties was acknowledged by Marie Kilduff, Interim Director, National Clinical Leadership Centre for Nursing and Midwifery, outlined how by the end of March “having trained 1500 COVID 19 contact tracing callers until restrictions last Friday” the “remote programme” was “now being finalised for delivery.”

In the Rotunda, Advanced Paramedic Joe Mooney explained that his family was “getting bigger” and told how “my amazing wife had her first scan today in the Rotunda Hospital” where the “care and compassion was lovely.” Due to visiting restrictions, he was facilitated in seen the scan via WhatsApp: “So happy today. Roll on September.”

There are many more examples of the great and innovative work being done by colleagues across the health services. If you would like to share your experience please contact us at