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Several Covid-19 assessment hubs reducing opening hours

A number of Covid-19 community assessment hubs established by the HSE are to reduce opening hours from this week following a reduction in demand, it has emerged.  The HSE has said the hubs are scaled up/down as appropriate based on activity and demand. As the number of cases of the novel coronavirus continues to fall in the…

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HSE ‘focused’ on improving testing to tracing time – Reid

The HSE is focused on “significantly” improving end-to-end turnaround times from Covid-19 swabbing to test result notification and contact tracing, HSE CEO Mr Paul Reid has told the Oireachtas Special Committee on Covid-19 Response this afternoon. “Our focus now is to significantly improve the end-to-end turnaround times,” he said. “We have committed to an average turnaround…

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Irish GPs highlight enormous contribution of general practice on World Family Doctor Day

Ireland’s GP community today celebrates World Family Doctor Day,  an annual WONCA-led event to highlight the essential role of family doctors in healthcare systems all over the world. This year’s theme is ‘Doctors at the Frontline’. In Ireland the ICGP has highlighted the rapid response and essential role of GPs in the management of the Covid-19…

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Annual Healthy Ireland survey suspended because of Covid-19

The annual Healthy Ireland survey conducted on behalf of  the Department of Health by Ipsos MRBI is “currently suspended” because of the Covid-19 pandemic, this newspaper has learned. The Medical Independent (MI) asked the Department of Health whether this year’s survey would be impacted by the pandemic and whether the questions in the survey would…

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Increase in influenza-like-illness rate raising Covid-19 concerns

The sentinel GP influenza-like illness (ILI) consultation rate has increased, raising concern about the continued spread of Covid-19 in the community, according to the latest data from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC).   The data shows the ILI rate had been falling, but increased from 18 per 100,000 population in week 17 to 21.9 per…

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Decision Support Service facing further delays

The introduction this year of a new service aimed at supporting individuals who have difficulties with decision making capacity appears in doubt, it has emerged. The establishment of a Decision Support Service (DSS), set out in the 2015 Assisted Decision Making Capacity Act, was expected in 2018, but since this time has suffered several delays.…

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Emergency medicine doctors call for EDs to be upgraded to protect staff and patients

The infrastructure of emergency departments (EDs) must be upgraded to allow social distancing for staff and patients, and the isolation of those with infectious disease, according to the Irish Association for Emergency Medicine (IAEM). The IAEM stated that EDs cannot be allowed to become reservoirs of nosocomial infection for patients  Staffing in EDs must be…

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Assurance required on Covid-19 test results for mental health staff

The Mental Health Commission (MHC) is urgently seeking assurance around the delivery of results to staff of the country’s mental health facilities who have undergone testing for Covid-19. The Commission has welcomed the fact that HSE has agreed that approved acute admission units will now follow acute hospital guidance from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC)…

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Warning over stigmatisation of obesity patients during treatment restart

The Irish Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism (IrSPEN) has cautioned against patients with obesity being “stigmatised”, in the restart of non Covid-19 health treatments. The society said that patients with obesity are at higher risk of complications from Covid-19  and need equal access to treatments as the health system begins to address backlogs and…

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