Yearly Archives: 2019

Average of 10,893 inpatient beds open during 2018

There was an average of 10,893 inpatient beds open during 2018, which was the highest number since 2010, according to The Open Beds Report, produced by the Department of Health. Maureen Browne reports.

Ireland needs a continuum of care for persons with dementia

The need in Ireland for a continuum of care for persons with dementia was stressed by Professor Eamon O’Shea of NUI Galway and Dr. Helen Rochford Brennan at the fourth annual conference of Dementia Ireland, writes Carmel Geoghegan of Dementia Ireland.

“Significant governance and management deficit” within Irish mental health services

The Chief Executive of the Mental Health Commission, John Farrelly, has said that it is difficult to see how some of the country’s in-patient mental health units could be registered in the future without significant improvements in levels of compliance. Maureen Browne reports.

EAHM 2019 – A unique experience

The 28th congress of the European Association of Hospital Managers (EAHM) takes place in Ghent in Belgium from September 11 – 14.

HSE HR Director Taking Carer’s Leave

HSE National HR Director Rosarii Mannion, who has pioneered many award winning initiatives since her appointment to the post in 2015, is taking two years’ Carers’ Leave from September 2019.

TUH wins Overall Excellence in HR award

Tallaght University Hospital won the “Overall Excellence in HR” at the HR Leadership Management Awards, as well as the “Best Public Sector HR initiative” for its WalkWays programme, in partnership with Walk and Dun Laoghaire Education and Training Board.

New €40 million cancer treatment centre in Cork

The new €40 million cancer treatment centre in Cork University Hospital will be the first public hospital in the country to use Surface Guided Radiation Treatment (SGRT), according to Tony McNamara, Chief Executive of the hospital.

St Mary’s Primary Care Centre in Gurranabraher

St Mary’s Primary Care Centre in Gurranabraher in Cork city was officially opened by An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar.

An All-Ireland Epilepsy Care and Research Centre

The Epilepsy Care Foundation has purchased land for the development of an All-Ireland Epilepsy Care and Research Centre (AIEC), according to Brian Geraghty, Epilepsy Care Foundation and Prof. Norman Delanty, Beaumont Hospital and RCSI.

National Hearing Implant and Research Centre officially opened at Beaumont Hospital

The new National Hearing Implant and Research Centre (NHIRC) at Beaumont Hospital, Dublin will carry out ground-breaking research in cochlear implants and neurological disorders of the ear in children and adults.

Implementing Delayed Discharges Recommendations

The HSE has established a Group to progress the implementation of the recommendations of the Report of the Independent Expert Review of Delayed Discharges.

New Innovative Healthcare Diploma

Health Innovation Hub Ireland (HIHI) has announced a new Postgraduate Diploma in Healthcare Innovation, Level NFQ 9 - the first focused on the development of ‘Healthcare Innovation Ambassadors’ in Ireland.

Irish Donor Network supports consent Bill

The seven patient groups which are members of the Irish Donor Network (IDN) have strongly supported the Cabinet decision to introduce a Human Tissues Bill, including soft opt-out organ donation consent and altruistic kidney donation.

New CRY Centre being built in TUH

Health Minister, Simon Harris has visited the new, purpose-built centre for Cardiac Risk in the Young, (CRY)which is being built at Tallaght University Hospital, Dublin.

Cutbacks reducing potentially lifesaving treatment options for people with cancer

Cancer Trials Ireland has said that the €3 million cut by the Department of Health in its grant each year since 2016 is now having a direct impact on potentially breakthrough treatments being available for people in Ireland with cancer.

Pioneering mental health service launched in Cork

A pioneering mental health service which aims to address first episodes of psychosis has been launched in Cork.

Ireland’s first skin cancer prevention plan

Ireland’s first skin cancer prevention plan aims at tackling the most common type of cancer in Ireland, with over 11,000 cases of diagnosed each year and the number of cases projected to double by 2045.

All hubs and no spokes – equity of access for dermatology patients

The Irish Skin Foundation (ISF) has called for research into the effects that a household’s distance from specialist dermatology services is having on patients living with chronic inflammatory skin disorders, such as psoriasis, atopic eczema and hidradenitis suppurativa (HS).

Irish National Audit of Stroke (INAS) launched

The national stroke register has sought and agreed a transition to the governance of National Office of Clinical Audit (NOCA) and will be known as the Irish National Audit for Stroke (INAS). The new name change and transition plan was outlined at a recent meeting between the steering group of the national stroke register and Ms Colette Tully executive director of NOCA.

Minister appoints new HSE Board Members

Health Minister, Simon Harris appointed two new Members to the Board of the HSE.

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