Posts by Ms Eimear Galvin

Making Ireland a centre for healthcare innovation

Ms Eimear Galvin, Manager of Health Innovation Hub Ireland (HIHI), provides an overview of the HIHI and outlines the importance of opening the health service to industry Access is the bedrock upon which Health Innovation Hub Ireland (HIHI) is built. Prior to this in Ireland, the enterprise of health and the health system existed in…

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Trailblazing female doctors who lit the path for the rights of women

In her series on Irish doctors who have left their mark on history, Bette Browne looks at the lives of two doctor-suffragettes and their contribution to women’s rights Pioneering female doctors who left their mark on Irish medical history were at the same time blazing a trail through politics and advancing women’s voting rights in…

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Questioning Sláintecare

What is Sláintecare? Is it the first report launched in May 2017? Or is it the targets contained in the implementation plan released in August 2018 and the action plan published earlier this month? The original idea behind Sláintecare was ambitious. It was intended to take the ‘politics’ out of healthcare. This would be achieved…

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Introducing abortion: The story so far

The commencement of routine abortion services at the beginning of 2019 has proven challenging for medical services. Catherine Reilly reports The introduction of routine abortion services up to 12 weeks of pregnancy has represented a seismic change in Irish reproductive healthcare. However, the political rush to commence services in January has led to some access…

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HIPEC commemoration

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Confusion on ‘12 weeks’ when accessing abortion – leading provider

There is “a huge amount of confusion” about what constitutes 12 weeks’ pregnancy among many women seeking termination of pregnancy services, contributing to some “very fraught” situations around accessing care within the time limit, according to the Medical Director of the Irish Family Planning Association (IFPA) Dr Caitriona Henchion. Under the ‘early pregnancy’ provision of…

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Lack of consultant paediatricians leads to fall in number of GP training places

The number of GP training places has fallen as a result of consultant vacancies and is below the figure the ICGP had hoped to offer, the Medical Independent (MI) can report. Last year the ICGP offered 194 GP training places, but this year the figure has fallen to 192. The two fewer places on offer…

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Minimally invasive clipping of the left atrial appendage: Reducing stroke risk in patients with atrial fibrillation

Ms Donna Eaton outlines how device closure of the left atrial appendage has emerged as a safe and effective alternative to anticoagulation for some patients The most serious risk to patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) is thromboembolic stroke. There is a clear relationship between the left atrial appendage (LAA) and stroke in patients with non-valvular…

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Preventing cardiovascular disease in primary care

Dr David Molony documents the success of Heartwatch in primary care to date but bemoans the lack of investment in the programme, which is no longer recruiting patients Heartwatch is the National Programme in General Practice for the Secondary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) in Ireland, as patients with established cardiovascular disease have a high…

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