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HPRA should be alerted on ‘home tests’

Healthcare professionals such as pharmacists and GPs who may be approached in relation to in vitro diagnostic (IVD) test kits for Covid-19 should contact the Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA), it has said. The Authority said it can advise if the test is supported by the national testing strategy at a point in time. The HPRA can also advise if the…

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New website to help connect companies and hospitals for PPE

Researchers at NUI Galway and University of Limerick have designed a new Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) emergency supply donation website to connect industry PPE stock to hospitals worldwide during the Covid-19 pandemic. “Speaking with my clinical colleagues across the world and looking at the repeating patterns of health supply logistics breakdowns that have occurred as…

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Update on patients awaiting Covid-19 test following criteria changes

All patients waiting for a Covid-19 test and who have been given an appointment date should attend their appointment, the ICGP has confirmed.   An earlier statement issued by the ICGP after the testing algorithm for Covid-19 was altered late on 24 March noted that clarity on the matter was awaited.  The testing criteria change was…

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Further measures ‘hugely important’ to tackling virus – IHCA

The IHCA has welcomed the decision by Government to introduce further restrictions to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus. Measures such as requiring all businesses other than those listed as essential services to close and further restrictions on public gatherings “will be hugely important to tackling this virus”. “From the perspective of the delivery of…

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Telephone surgical support service for GPs being established to ease pressure on hospitals

The RCSI, the HSE National Clinical Programme for Surgery and the ICGP are working in partnership to develop a telephone support service where GPs can seek timely advise from a surgeon advisory panel, the Medical Independent (MI) can report. The aim of the new service is to minimise referrals to hospitals during the Covid-19 pandemic.…

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Work on New Children’s Hospital continues despite Covid-19

Construction work on the New Children’s Hospital is continuing, despite the Covid-19 pandemic, this newspaper has been told.  When asked whether the current Covid-19 pandemic may lead to changes in the timetable for the major project, a hospital spokesperson said that the work is continuing. “Construction work is continuing on the site of the new…

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HSE document on pregnant and immunocompromised healthcare workers prompts concern

Concerns have been expressed by doctors online about a HSE redeployment policy document (dated 19 March) which states that healthcare workers who are pregnant, immunocompromised or who have other conditions that put them at high risk of severe disease “do not need to be excluded from providing care” to patients with Covid-19, once infection prevention and control…

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MPS sets out free protection for those joining HSE Covid-19 efforts

The Medical Protection Society (MPS) has said it will provide “the appropriate protection free of charge” to retired doctors who are joining the HSE Covid-19 response efforts, should issues arise as a result of work undertaken during this period. Mr Simon Kayll, MPS Chief Executive, said: “These are extremely challenging and unprecedented times for all healthcare professionals providing frontline…

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NCHDs speak of ‘calm before storm’ – IMO IR Officer

The “level of commitment and bravery” with which doctors and healthcare staff are approaching the Covid-19 crisis is “really encouraging”, according to IMO Industrial Relations Officer Mr Paul Maier. By phone and text, Mr Maier has been maintaining contact with a network of NCHD reps, who number up to 80 nationally. “For the most part,…

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