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Update on progress of National Physical Activity Plan

The National Physical Activity Plan Implementation Summary Report 2019 has been jointly launched by Minister of State for Public Health, Wellbeing and the National Drugs Strategy Frank Feighan and Minister of State for Gaeltacht Affairs and Sport Jack Chambers. The report’s publication had been delayed by the Covid-19 pandemic. Minister Feighan said: “While the restrictions…

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Infrastructure deficits ‘a challenge’ for hospitals – HIQA

Lack of single room capacity and maintenance issues remain a “challenge” for acute hospitals, according to HIQA’s latest inspection reports on infection prevention and control during the Covid-19 pandemic. Risk-based inspections were carried out in October and November 2020 in Naas General Hospital; Letterkenny University Hospital; University Hospital Limerick; South Tipperary General Hospital; and Midland…

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Vaccination expiration date error ‘not ideal’

GPs had to rearrange Covid-19 vaccination clinics early last week after it emerged the HSE cold chain service delivered vaccines to surgeries with two different expiration dates. A discrepancy was found between the date on the outer vaccine box and the inner box, which meant GPs had about a day less to ensure the vaccines…

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Mass vaccination clinic at Helix a ‘monumental day’

More than 100 GP practices came together last weekend at the Helix in Dublin City University (DCU) to vaccinate just over 1,000 people aged over 85. The mass vaccination clinics marked the first of six clinics that will take place over the next 12 weeks where people aged over 70 from the 102 practices will…

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Survey highlights NCHD stress during first Covid-19 wave

A significant number of NCHDs feared their hospital would not be able to cope during the first wave of Covid-19 last year, according to a survey. The results of the survey were presented at the Irish Society for Medical Oncology (ISMO) meeting, which was held virtually, was was streamed live from the Fintan Gunne Theatre,…

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No decision yet on governance structures for new elective-only hospitals

No decision has yet been made on whether three new elective only centres will be co-located or stand alone hospitals, Ms Laura Magahy, Executive Director, Sláintecare told the RCSI Charter Week earlier this month. Ms Magahy was speaking during the annual conference of the National Clinical Programme in Surgery (NCPS), which was held virtually and…

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WHO ‘steps up efforts’ to curb Ebola outbreaks in Guinea and DRC

The World Health Organisation (WHO) is deploying teams of experts to support the national authorities in Guinea and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to respond to new Ebola outbreaks and “avert widespread infections”. Health authorities in Guinea declared an Ebola outbreak on 14 February after three cases detected in Gouécké, a rural community…

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‘Wish to die’ linked to loneliness and depression in older adults – TCD research

Scientists at The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA) at Trinity College Dublin (TCD) have released fresh research findings outlining the frequency with which older people in Ireland express a ‘wish to die’, including thoughts of one’s own death, that one would be ‘better off dead’, or wishing for one’s death. The findings are published…

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