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SURG-Africa and improving surgical services on the continent

Dr Jakub Gajewski, RCSI Institute of Global Surgery (IGS) Research Programme Director and SURG-Africa International Co-ordinator, RCSI IGS, and Mr Gerald Mwapasa, Malawi Country Co-ordinator for SURG-Africa, describe how the project is helping to increase access to surgery for rural dwellers in three African countries SURG-Africa, international implementation research consortium, is helping to increase access…

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Assisted death: the final frontier?

Assisted dying has been the subject of recent and upcoming consultations by UK medical professional bodies. Catherine Reilly speaks to Irish clinicians and campaigners on the issue Marie was not suicidal, Marie wanted every second of life, but she wanted the quality to be there,” Mr Tom Curran, partner of the late Ms Marie Fleming,…

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Entering the robotic era

Dr Tiarnán Ó Doinn, Research Fellow, DCU; Dr Daniel Ahern, Surgical/Orthopaedic Trainee and Research Fellow, UCC; and Mr Joseph Butler, Orthopaedic Consultant Surgeon, Mater Private Hospital, write about developments in the use of robotic-assistance for spinal surgery Spinal surgery has undergone considerable technological advances over the past number of decades, the most recent of which…

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Navigating the ‘food matrix’

The innovate concept of the ‘food matrix’ has posed a challenge to traditional dietary advice. Danielle Barron speaks to an international expert in the area, Prof Arne Astrup, at the recent World Congress on Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis and Musculoskeletal Diseases in Paris Over 1,500 scientists and healthcare professionals gathered at the opening ceremony of the World…

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Challenging the changeover

In the coming days, hundreds of new interns will commence their careers as doctors, while trainees across the system change posts. Catherine Reilly reports on the demands of the July changeover The upcoming NCHD changeover on 8 July will present difficulties for doctors, patients and the entire acute hospital system. This mass upheaval of doctors…

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A waiting game for patients

The Irish health system has piloted a number of initiatives to improve patient flow in recent years. Paul Mulholland examines the difficulties in implementing the latest such programme in Limerick and Galway and asks why it is so challenging to produce lasting reforms Patient flow is defined as the movement of patients through the hospital…

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Shuffling the cards for primary care visits

HSE data shows an increasing number of patients are losing their medical cards in favour of GP/doctor visit cards (DVCs). Unlike medical cards, DVCs do not provide free access to medications and allied healthcare professional services. Niamh Cahill investigates According to data from the HSE National Service Plan 2019, approximately 1.573 million people were covered…

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A sporting chance in the fight against concussion

Sports-related concussion has never been far from the headlines. Catherine Reilly speaks to Irish clinicians about the diagnosis and management of this form of brain injury in elite and amateur sport Sports-related concussion can be a complex injury to diagnose and manage. According to the 2017 Concussion in Sport Group (CISG) consensus statement, most incidences…

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Dilemmas when treating children and youths

Dr James Lucas, Medico-legal Consultant at Medical Protection, explains various key pieces of legislation and national guidance that relate to the welfare of children and youths Dilemma 1 The parents of my patient, a 12-month-old girl, are in the process of divorce. The girl’s father, Mr A, has written to the practice explaining that his…

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A pioneering clinician and scientist

Dr Peadar McGing recounts the life and career of pathologist and bacteriologist Dr Edmund McWeeney, who was famously photographed reading the Proclamation of the Irish Republic We are very firmly in the middle of a period of centenaries. These have generated a lot of interest in the history of 100 years ago, including what were,…

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