HSE West Health Promotion staff Ann Marie Crosse and Lynda Mc Guinness with their Green Heroes Award for their work on the Healthy Gardening and Green Exercise Programme. The award was presented by the Conservation Volunteers Northern Ireland at the Annual Green Hero Awards in Bangor recently. From left: Graham Seymour, Director of Natural Heritage, Northern Ireland Environment Agency; Lynda Mc Guinness, Green Exercise Co-ordinator; and Ann Marie Crosse, Eco-health Officer.
Two members of the HSE Health Promotion Department in Donegal beat off stiff competition and were pronounced Green Heroes by the Conservation Volunteers Northern Ireland at their Annual Green Hero Awards in Bangor recently.
Ann Marie Crosse and Lynda Mc Guinness received the award for their work on the Healthy Gardening and Green Exercise Programme which is a ten week educational and skill development programme initiated by the Health Promotion Department, HSE West in partnership with Donegal VEC with Donegal County Council. Read more
At the 2010 HSE West Clinical Workshop hosted in Sligo General Hospital from left: Andy Hodgson, Consultant Haematologist, Sligo General Hospital; Dr Billy Roe, General Practitioner, Ballymote; Mary Bresnihan, Consultant ENT Surgeon, Sligo General Hospital; Paula Hickey, Consultant Geriatrician, Sligo General Hospital; and Roger Towey, Amgen (sponsor).
The fifth annual HSE West Clinical Workshop took place on Saturday 20th November at Sligo General Hospital. The Workshop brought together General Practitioners from Sligo, Leitrim, South Donegal, Mayo and Roscommon, Consultants from Sligo General Hospital and management representatives from both hospital and community services to discuss a range of commonly encountered conditions and their management.
The aim of this year’s workshop was strengthening the partnership between the acute hospital and primary care services in managing patient care and to provide an innovative forum for debate on the patient journey from community to hospital and vice versa. Read more
The Labour Court, in a recommendation issued on Thursday, 16th September 2010, has stated that the HSE (West) cannot depart from a national agreement which exists, with regard to the replacement of student nurses/midwives who have completed their rostered placement.
The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation had referred the issue of non-replacement of student nurses to the Labour Court for an urgent hearing, when it emerged that the HSE (West), as a cost saving measure, were releasing 376 pre-registration student nurses without putting in place the Department of Health and Children regulated number of replacement qualified nurses (188). Read more
The HSE North West, Public Health Department advises that people involved in outdoor activities protect themselves against Lyme disease, a bacterial infection spread by bites from infected ticks.
“Most cases of Lyme disease are mild, but occasionally severe infection can cause heart problems, arthritis or even meningitis. Simple measures that can prevent tick bites include: Wearing long trousers tucked into socks, long sleeved tops and closed shoes, not sandals. Read more
Alan Shatter TD
Fine Gael Spokesperson on Children, Alan Shatter TD, has called on the Minister for Children, Barry Andrews TD and the HSE to state how many of the 188 children who have now been acknowledged by the HSE to have died either while in care or about whom there were concerns resided in this area and were affected by an industrial dispute.
He said that the industrial dispute in the East Coast area has been ongoing since 2002 and has resulted in ongoing non-compliance with the Child Care protection guidelines. Read more
The HSE is obliged to provide reports to the NTMA on any “adverse incidents” occurring in their jurisdiction so that the NTMA and its States Claims Agency can assess the risk liability to the State in the event of a claim being made against the State, Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny said today.
This matter is covered by Section 11 of the NTMA (Amendment) Act 2000 where an adverse incident is described as “any act, omission or other matter in relation to which a delegated claim has been made, or may, in the opinion of the State authority concerned, be made.” (Please see link to relevant sections of Act below.) Read more
Senator Marc MacSharry
Sligo Senator Marc Mac Sharry has issued a scathing attack on the “endemic culture of secrecy and the obstruction of the flow of information” within the HSE.
The north west based Senator was speaking following the annulment by the Information Commissioner Emily O Reilly, of a HSE decision to refuse access to the Interim Report on Cancer Services at UCHG.
Letterkenny General Hospital
During the good weather, many more children are outside playing on farms and in gardens. While it’s great to see them out enjoying the fresh air and sunshine, it is also important to be more careful when taking off in your car or driving your tractor. A five-second walk around the car before you get in could save a child’s life.
Dr. Gerry Lane, Consultant in Emergency Medicine, Letterkenny General Hospital, says: It is widely recognized that many vehicle-related deaths and injuries of children happen at home and don’t just happen in traffic. Death and serious injury can occur when children are struck by cars and other vehicles in driveways, car parks or on farms and, unfortunately, children can die just outside their own houses.
Health Service Executive (HSE)
A rescheduled Swine Flu Vaccination Clinic will take place in Buncrana on Tuesday 26th January, in the Gateway Hotel.
The clinics which were due to take place in Buncrana last week (Monday 11th and Tuesday 12th January) were cancelled due to the severe weather conditions.
Appointments for the clinic on Tuesday 26th can be booked online at www.swineflu.ie or by calling (071) 982 2090.
Donegal North East Fine Gael TD, Deputy Joe McHugh
Donegal T.D. Joe McHugh has called on the Minister for Health and HSE Chief Brendan Drumm, to immediately source a consultant haematologist for Letterkenny General Hospital.
Letterkenny General Hospital has been without haematology services since the departure of the Hospital’s previous consultant haematologist last month. The position has been advertised in national medical journals and in international medical publications, but to date, Hospital management has not been able to secure the services of a qualified consultant.
“Minister Mary Harney and Professor Brendan Drumm must intervene to source and deliver a haematology consultant to our local Hospital. This position has been vacant since December 31st, and patients’ lives are at risk.
“Haematology services are vital for the diagnosis and treatment of all blood—related illnesses including leukaemia, paediatrics, and all lymphoma diseases. While this position is vacant Donegal patients with suspected blood diseases must travel to Dublin and Galway for haematology care.
“Due to the nature of some blood diseases, it is not acceptable to impose four hour journeys on patients with emergency conditions and is putting patients lives needlessly at risk.
“Letterkenny Hospital is continuing to advertise the position in Irish and international medical journals but so far, no consultant has been secured. The Minister for Health and Professor Brendan Drumm must intervene to secure this service for us.
“Minister Mary Harney has been quick to cut services at Letterkenny General Hospital in the past. Let us see if a positive intervention from the Minister will emerge as quickly.”