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BMJ clinical support tool available in Ireland

BMJ’s clinical decision support tool BMJ Best Practice has been selected by the HSE National Health Library and Knowledge Service to provide clinical information for all HSE healthcare professionals in the Republic of Ireland. BMJ Best Practice gives healthcare professionals fast and easy access to the latest information when making diagnosis and treatment decisions. Updated daily, it…

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78 suspected cases of Coronavirus tested in Ireland

There are still no confirmed cases of Covid-19 (Coronavirus) in Ireland, with 78 suspected cases tested to date, according to a new statement from the National Public Health Emergency Team. Chief Medical Officer of the Department of Health, Dr. Tony Holohan said: “We are continuing to monitor the situation globally. “While the overwhelming majority of…

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Details of drug awareness campaigns outlined by HSE

The HSE was allocated €15,000 annually on ‘drug trend work’ and public awareness campaigns between 2015 and 2018, the Medical Independent can report. Drugs.ie, previously managed by the Ana Liffey Drug Project, developed and launched four campaigns during this period. According to the Executive, the campaigns were as follows: ‘What’s in the Pill?’ in 2015;…

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Chronic disease management roll-out progressing

Software supporting the introduction of the new chronic disease management programme in general practice is up and running in 50 practices and will shortly go live in all practices.  To date more than 1,000 GPs nationwide have attended information sessions on the programme, demonstrating huge interest among GPs who have broadly welcomed the scheme.  Speaking to…

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New Government must prioritise “evidence-based medicine” for Sláintecare

The new Government of Ireland must prioritise “evidence-based medicine” in its rollout of Sláintecare, according to RCSI President Mr Kenneth Mealy. Mr Mealy’s comments come ahead of the main Friday session of RCSI’s Charter Day Meetings, its annual surgical conference that explores medical innovations and healthcare challenges. Healthcare spending in the West is rising to…

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Alternatives to swabbing and isolating suspected coronavirus cases need to be developed – UL Hospitals Group CEO

Hospitals will struggle to cope with isolating patients who may have the coronavirus (Covid-19) unless alternatives are found, according to the CEO of UL Hospitals Group, Ms Colette Cowen. Speaking to the Medical Independent (MI), Ms Cowen said that up to eight suspected cases were tested in University Hospital Limerick (UHL) last weekend, but none…

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IHCA expresses concern at findings from HIQA maternity services report

The IHCA has expressed concerned about the commitment to funding women’s health services following the publication of a new report from HIQA into Ireland’s 19 maternity units and hospitals. While HIQA found good practice in how maternity services detect and respond to obstetric emergencies, it also identified opportunities for improvement to ensure that maternity services…

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HIQA concerned about ‘sustainability’ of smaller maternity units

There has been a lack of national coordination in the “evolution” of smaller maternity units, leading to concerns about the sustainability of these services, according to HIQAs Chief Inspector. The implementation of the national maternity strategy was discussed at a meeting of the HIQA board on November 2019, the minutes of which were seen by…

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Programme launched to increase access to anaesthesia for surgical patients in Africa

A new multi-national anaesthesia partnership programme for East, Central and Southern Africa has been launched. This Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade-funded programme aims to provide access to safer and more affordable anaesthesia care for those in need of surgery in the region. Developed in a collaboration between RCSI’s Institute of Global Surgery, the College…

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