Monthly Archives: January, 2019

Minister to introduce PrEP programme this year

Health Minister, Simon Harris has reaffirmed his commitment to introducing a PrEP programme this year.

Radiology & Paediatric Extensions Opened

An Tánaiste Mr. Simon Coveney T.D has officially opened an extension to the Radiology Department and the new Paediatric Assessment Unit at the Bon Secours Hospital Cork.

First ever Autism Plan

Health Minister, Mr. Simon Harris has confirmed the roll-out of a new autism plan this year.

Majority of TUH patients had good or very good experience in hospital

Eighty-one per cent of Tallaght University Hospital patients reported they had a ‘good’ or ‘very good’ experiences while in the hospital, according to the results of the hospital’s second National Patient Experience Survey.

Satisfaction with Tallaght University Hospital at an unprecedently high level

Satisfaction with Tallaght University Hospital was at an unprecedently high level of 86 per cent, according to a survey carried out among residents of the area, Prof. Brendan Kelly, Professor of Psychiatry at TCD and Consultant Psychiatrist at Tallaght University Hospital, told the annual Meath Foundation Symposium.

Independent review of hospital escalation cost

The Government is commissioning an independent review of the escalation in the cost of the new children’s hospital following the escalation of the cost by €450 million to €1,433m since April 2017.

Independent tribunal to deal with CervicalCheck claims

The Government is to establish an independent statutory tribunal to deal with claims arising from CervicalCheck.

First phase of NMH goes ahead

Health Minister, Simon Harris TD, has approved the contract for the first phase of the National Maternity Hospital - which will consist of the pharmacy/car park contract - to proceed on the St Vincent’s University Hospital Campus.

Fetal anatomy scans

The Maternity Directorate of the South/South West Hospital Group (S/SWHG) has announced that all pregnant women will have equal access to a mid-Trimester fetal anatomy scan, carried out between 21-23 weeks.

Data Quality Framework for Health and Social Care

HIQA has published guidance on a data quality framework for health and social care.

Windrock Respite Centre Opened

Windrock Respite Centre, a new respite house in Co Wexford to support people with disabilities and their families, has been officially opened by the Minister for Disability Issues, Mr. Finian McGrath.

NOCA calls for national implant registries to ensure patient safety

The National Office of Clinical Audit (NOCA) has welcomed the special investigation by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) and The Irish Times which highlighted the importance of stringent medical device regulation.

Health service staff enthusiastic and motivated

Staff in the Irish health services were significantly more enthusiastic, motivated and secure in their jobs than the average Irish worker, according to the 2018 Health Sector National Staff Survey.

HSE recognises outstanding employees

The HSE has presented twelve employees with outstanding awards for their work in various parts of the health service.

Healthy Ireland Outcomes Framework

The Healthy Ireland Outcomes Framework, which will provide a basis for measuring progress on improving the health and wellbeing of the population, has been published by the Department of Health.

One in five hip fracture patients discharged directly home following surgery

Only one in five hip fracture patients were discharged home directly following surgery, according to the Irish Hip Fracture Database National Report 2017.

Medical exposure to ionising radiation to be regulated by HIQA

HIQA is now responsible for the regulation of medical exposure to ionising radiation.

New notifiable diseases

Health Minister, Simon Harris has signed the Infectious Diseases (Amendment) Regulations 2018 into law, a key part of which is to make neonatal Herpes simplex virus a notifiable disease.

Two hundred and sixty three transplants carried out in 2018

A total of 263 transplants were carried out last year. Across the three national transplant centres, 120 kidneys, 18 hearts, 27 lungs, 56 liver and five pancreas surgeries were completed.

Updated guidelines on HTAs

The Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) has published updated guidelines on the conduct of health technology assessment (HTA) in Ireland.

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