UL Hospitals Hosts Public Lectures as part of Healthy Ireland Plan

Free public lectures

A series of public lectures organised by UL Hospitals Group kicks off next Tuesday evening, October 17th, with the first event focused on winter readiness and influenza.

The series of lectures forms part of UL Hospitals Healthy Ireland programme, which commits the group to greater public engagement and more educational events. The lectures, which are free and at which members of the public are encouraged to attend, will take place at the new Clinical Research and Education Centre at University Hospital Limerick.

Focus on flu

The series gets underway on Tuesday, October 17th at 7pm. The event will be opened by Group CEO Prof Colette Cowan and this will be followed by an hour-long presentation on winter readiness – and with a particular focus on influenza - from expert speakers including Dr Sarah O’Connell, Consultant in Infectious Diseases; Barbara Slevin, Assistant Director of Nursing, Infection Prevention and Control; Ms Yvonne Young, Assistant Director of Nursing, Sepsis; and Ms Siobhan Barrett, Antimicrobial Pharmacist. Questions from the floor will be encouraged after the speakers conclude.

“The aim of this series of lectures is to provide appropriate health promotion information to the general public and to provide information to reduce anxieties around hospital admissions and hospital procedures,” explained Laura Tobin, Healthy Ireland Project Lead, UL Hospital Group.

“We hope that after the first lecture, people will have a better appreciation of how serious the flu can be and why it is important to get vaccinated.”

Mental health

This is the first of a series of monthly lectures due to take place at the CERC Building. On Tuesday, November 14th, the theme will be on protecting your mental health while in January (date to be confirmed) the focus will be on cardiology and heart health.

“Each lecture will have speakers from across multi-disciplinary teams including medical, nursing and health & social care professionals. And each lecture will showcase the expertise, professionalism, quality care and superb facilities which exist within the UL Hospitals Group and those managed by our colleagues in HSE MidWest Community Healthcare,” said Ms Tobin.

Prof Colette Cowan, CEO, UL Hospitals Group, added: “Our Healthy Ireland strategy identified a need to engage more with the public around health promotion and prevention of illness. We hope that these lectures will also provide a more convivial atmosphere for people to engage with us away from the clinics and to learn more about the services here on their doorstep. It is also an opportunity for us to show off the wonderful new CERC Building which has been developed by the HSE along with our academic partners at the University of Limerick. I encourage as many people as possible to attend this series of lectures.”

Last updated on: 11 / 10 / 2017