A series of free education sessions for people with diabetes are planned for Clonakilty and Skibbereen this Spring 2016. The award winning X-PERT programme is being organised by HSE Community Dietitians Bernie Dennehy and Melissa Byrne, in conjunction with local general practitioners.
Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has joined the HSE, to urge people in at-risk groups to get vaccinated against influenza and warned that flu causes severe illness and death in Ireland every year. Minister Varadkar said: “The flu vaccine is a lifesaver because flu can be a very serious and sometimes deadly disease, with potentially 1,000 flu related deaths in Ireland during a severe flu season. That is why
THE Under the Weather campaign and new online support was launched by the Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar recently. We all need sound advice to give us the confidence and skill we need to take care of ourselves and our families; www.undertheweather.ie aims to give you that advice. Undertheweather.ie, developed by the HSE in partnership with GPs and pharmacists, offers straightforward advice on how to get through common illnesses without
Flu causes severe illness and death in Ireland every year – get the flu vaccine now, it’s a life saver
THE HSE has urged people in at-risk groups to get vaccinated against influenza and warned that flu causes severe illness and death in Ireland every year. The flu vaccine is a lifesaver because flu can be a very serious and sometimes deadly disease, with potentially 1,000 flu related deaths in Ireland during a severe flu season. That is why those who are most vulnerable to the complications of flu need
The Public Health Nurse (PHN) services in West Cork are using Summer Agricultural Shows in the West Cork area to bring health advice to people in the region, particularly men. The Men’s Health Project initiative aims to bring information on men’s health to the public and to provide an opportunity for men to meet their local health professionals in an informal setting.
LOCAL Labour election candidate, Norma Thomson, has called on the HSE South to run a public awareness campaign around the vaccination process, following reports this morning that West Cork has the lowest immunisation uptake in the country. Thomson’s comments come on foot of a Health Protection Surveillance report published this week which showed immunisation rates in West Cork for children aged 12 months are between 85% and 90%. The
COMHDHÁIL Oileán na hÉireann are urgently seeking a meeting with HSE officials to discuss the serious concerns of islanders about the provision of healthcare on the offshore islands. Islanders who have been fighting to maintain medical cover in the face of proposed cutbacks are seeking to clarify the provision of nurse, doctor and emergency cover for islanders.
Noel Harrington, Fine Gael TD for Cork South West, has welcomed the announcement by The Minister of Health, Dr. James Reilly, TD that new figures show a 95% reduction in the number of people waiting over 12 months for an outpatient appointment. “While the level of those waiting for an appointment is still not acceptable, this reduction shows that the measures being established by Minister Reilly within the HSE
BATHING bans imposed on two West Cork beaches have been lifted by Cork County Council following water quality tests. The beaches at Tragumna near Skibbereen and Kilcrohane on the Sheep’s Head Peninsula were closed to bathing following high E.coli readings which breached regulations.
CORK County Council have issued a Bathing Prohibition Notice affecting Tragumna Beach near Skibbereen. A routine sample for Tragumna Beach was taken on Tuesday, August 6th and the bathing water quality failed for Intestinal Enterococci as a result of the failed test a bathing prohibition notice at Tragumna has been advised by the HSE.
War of words over Bantry General A&E proposals THE West Cork Communities Alliance who are campaigning against changes to services at Bantry Hospital are set to protest their cause at the Dáil later this month.
THE ending of 24-hour casualty department services at Bantry General Hospital will see many West Cork patients facing a more than 100 mile round trip for emergecy services, that’s according to local Fianna Fáil senator Denis O’Donovan. The changes were announced in the recently published new HSE area plans which outline cuts of €721m in health service budgets across the country.
THE Health Service Executive have confirmed that West Cork will retain four ambulances as services across the region are transferred from an “on-call” to fully rostered “on-duty” system. The confirmation came today (Monday) from Fine Gael TD Noel Harrington who said that the HSE had confirmed that four emergency ambulances would be retained in West Cork as well as an Advanced Paramedic Transport and a non-emergency routine transfer ambulance
A SERIES of free education sessions for people with diabetes are planned for West Cork in 2013. The award winning X-PERT programme is being organised by HSE Community Dietitians Bernie Dennehy and Mary Murnane, in conjunction with local general practitioners.
MAD Pride Ireland has announced details of an innovative new mental health pilot project to run across the Beara Peninsula in conjunction with the HSE. The project titled DIY Mental Health will engage local communities in a positive approach to normalising the conversation around mental wellbeing.
GARDAÍ investigating the suspicious deaths of two young men in Kinsale at the weekend have found 200 grams of the drug they suspect caused the deaths dumped in a field near Bishopstown. The drug, known as “Mandy” is a mixture of MDMA (the main ingredient in Ecstasy) and PMMA and is sold in a brown powdered form.
GARDAÍ investigating the suspicious deaths of two young men in Kinsale at the weekend say their top priority is to get the lethal drug they believe was responsible off the streets as quickly as possible. The drug, known as “Mandy” is a mixture of MDMA (the main ingredient in Ecstasy) and PMMA and is sold in a brown powdered form.
THE HSE has this afternoon (Tuesday) urged drug users to exercise extreme caution following the tragic deaths of two 22-year-old males in Kinsale in the early hours of Sunday morning. The HSE urges drug users to be cautious in particular about taking a brown powder substance in the Cork area known to contain Methylamphetamine (MDMA Ecstasy) and Paramethoxymethamphetamine (PMMA)
WARNING signs placed at two West Cork beaches following an E.coli scare were finally removed today (Friday), almost a week after test results showed high levels of the bacteria in the water.
A SERIES of free education programmes for people with diabetes are planned for West Cork during 2012. The award winning X-PERT programme is being organised by HSE community dieticians Bernie Dennehy and Melissa Byrne, in conjunction with local GPs.
THE HSE has confirmed a conviction and awarding of costs against a licensed premises in Ballyvourney, Co Cork as a result of a breach of the Public Health (Tobacco) Act. At a sitting of Macroom District Court on June 20th, a case taken by HSE South’s Environmental Health Department against An Mhuileann Teoranta trading as the Mills Inn, Ballyvourney became the most recent successful prosecution in the Cork area since
THE HSE has renewed its call for parents in West Cork to ensure their children are vaccinated against measles. The call comes following confirmation that the measles outbreak reported recently in West Cork Times has continued to spread.
CORK South West TD Noel Harrington has urged West Cork people to attend a free Bowell Cancer information session being held by the HSE South at Cork University Hospital (CUH) from 2pm to 4pm on Saturday, April 28th next in the main lecture theatre at CUH. Deputy Harrington said, “Bowel cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer in both men and women in Ireland, a fact that is not
QUESTIONS remain to be answered on Macroom’s new health centre which is due to become operational in April, according to local Sinn Féin representative Des O’Grady. Speaking after the announcement by the HSE that the centre will be fully operational by April Mr O’Grady said “Questions remain to be answered, by the HSE, regarding the move of services from the existing Macroom Health Centre, based in the hospital grounds, to
THE HSE’s Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) has urged people in high-risk groups to get vaccinated against the flu as the number of reported cases of flu-like illness (ILI) has almost doubled in the past week. ILI rates have risen from 15.7 per 100,000 to 26.2 per 100,000 during the second week of February and are now above “threshold levels” which means that flu is actively circulating in the community,
THE HSE have confirmed that Castletownbere Community Hospital will not be facing any service reductions or bed closures. The health body outlined its position in response to a motion raised on the subject by Eyries-based Fine Gael councillor Jerry Sullivan. The HSE’s response reiterates assurances given to the West Cork Times by the HSE regarding all the community hospitals in West Cork. Cllr Sullivan asked that, “The HSE South would
David Forsythe at County Hall NONE of West Cork’s community hospitals will close and none will lose beds, that was the message of HSE chiefs at the launch of the HSE South Regional Service Plan for 2012 at County Hall today. The plan outlines how the HSE South region intends to spend its funding in 2012 and despite fears that community hospitals across the region would be facing cuts and
PROTESTERS against proposed changes to ambulance services in West Cork will push a stretcher from Skibbereen to Bantry next Friday and Saturday (December 30th and 31st) as part of their ongoing campaign to gain public support. George Vladisavljevic, Vice Chairperson of the West Cork SOS campaign will be joined on the “stretcher push” by Andy Kenward and the pair are appealing for members of the public to show their support
PROPOSED changes to ambulance services in West Cork will deliver a better service than current arrangements the HSE has told reporters in Cork. Speaking at a specially arranged press briefing, Robert Morton the Director of the National Ambulance Service said that public fear over proposed changes was being whipped up by vested interests and that the public were being misled about what the proposed changes mean in practice.
SKIBBEREEN mayor and chair of the West Cork SOS campaign group Frank Fahy said a meeting between the group and the HSE today (Monday) brought “nothing new” to the current debate over the future of ambulance services in West Cork. Mr Fahy said that the meeting went over ground already covered by both sides with little indication that the HSE position would change.