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.