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Adjusting to a new reality – Cappagh’s transition to a trauma centre

Ms Angela Lee, Chief Executive of the National Orthopaedic Hospital Cappagh, outlines the impact of the Covid-19 crisis on the hospital and its response The proliferation of Covid-19 has presented our healthcare service with the ultimate challenge. As infection and death rates escalated, hospitals were faced with unprecedented demand for services. At an emergency meeting…

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Chronicling Covid-19 for future reference

The RCPI’s Heritage Centre has embarked on a project to preserve the history of the current pandemic “My hope with this project is that we will preserve the thoughts, experiences and feelings of those working in healthcare at this most unprecedented time in modern medical history,” according to Ms Harriet Wheelock, the RCPI’s Keeper of…

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The great face mask debate

Niamh Cahill examines the evidence and conflicting advice on wearing face masks to stop the spread of SARS-CoV-2 Widespread debate for and against the use of face masks in the community has been a topic of much discussion globally since the emergence of Covid-19. The debate has continued due to conflicting guidance and indeed changes…

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Animosity within profession over private hospital deal

As the work to limit the spread of Covid-19 continues, a significant divergence has emerged among hospital consultants. Niamh Cahill reports The agreement reached between the State and the Private Hospitals Association (PHA), allowing 19 private hospitals to effectively be used as public hospitals, has led to great animosity, not only between private hospital consultants…

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Obesity in a time of the coronavirus

Evidence suggests that obesity causes more severe Covid-19 symptoms. David Lynch looks at the impact the pandemic will have on present and future obesity treatment and policy Even before Covid-19, obesity was increasingly regarded as one of Ireland’s most significant health challenges. But the onset of the pandemic has already impacted care for people with…

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US focus: Political expediency vs pandemic response

The Trump administration lost valuable time preparing for the Covid-19 crisis. Now it cannot afford any missteps when reopening the country. Bette Browne reports The US’s response to Covid-19 was flawed from the beginning because President Donald Trump viewed it through the lens of his political ambitions, perceiving it as imperilling his chances of re-election…

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Cancer Society supporting patients at this time of crisis

Ms Averil Power, CEO of the Irish Cancer Society, outlines its response to Covid-19 Everything has changed in the past three months. Things have happened in Ireland that I will never forget. I know you will never forget them either. I’m sure you will remember the pressure, the decisions, the fear. But I hope you…

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The void of loneliness

The negative impact of loneliness and social isolation has become a focus for health authorities in recent years but the Covid-19 pandemic has only intensified the problem, writes David Lynch We have all become familiar with the variety of public health measures introduced by the Irish Government and across the world in the face of…

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A flu season like no other

With an unprecedented focus on the novel coronavirus, anotherbetter-known viral threat will represent a major test laterthis year. Catherine Reilly reports Over 4,300 hospitalisations, 152 people admitted to intensive care, and 103 deaths. Influenza’s burden on health and healthcare is evident in these 2019/2020 season statistics. The influenza virus causes annual epidemics which range in…

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Should there be widespread Covid-19 testing for healthcare professionals?

As the number of healthcare workers in Ireland with Covid-19 continues to climb, the HSE is under growing pressure to address the issue. Priscilla Lynch reports The HSE is facing mounting calls for increased Covid-19 testing of frontline healthcare workers, given the high number of cases being diagnosed among the group. Data from the Health…

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