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Almost 9,500 on hospital trolleys in March

Tuesday 18th April 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Almost 9,500 hospital patients were on trolleys last month - the highest figure recorded during any month of March between 2006 and 2017, the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) has said. According to its latest ‘Trolley Watch' figures, a total of 9,459 patients admitted for inpatie... Read more →

Decision to fund CF drugs welcomed

Thursday 13th April 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Cystic fibrosis (CF) patients nationwide have welcomed the news that two groundbreaking drugs are to be reimbursed by the HSE. Last year, the National Centre for Pharmacoeconomics (NCPE), which is responsible for assessing medicines to see whether they are cost effective, recommended that the drug,... Read more →

New research prog to focus on kids with CF

Wednesday 12th April 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

A new research initiative, which focuses entirely on children with cystic fibrosis (CF), has been announced. This marks the first dedicated national paediatric CF research programme in Ireland and it will involve the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) and the National Children's Research C... Read more →

Interventions to help smokers quit do work

Tuesday 11th April 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

While early evidence for e-cigarettes is promising, there is not enough evidence yet to recommend them to people attempting to quit smoking, the Minister for Health has been advised. However, pharmacological interventions, including nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) products, are effective and goo... Read more →

New service offers addiction support to doctors

Friday 7th April 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

A new service aimed at supporting doctors, dentists and pharmacists with addiction or mental health issues, helped 47 practitioners in its first year of operation. The Practitioner Health Matters Programme (PHMP) is an independent charitable organisation, which is supported by the representative an... Read more →

Patients to be surveyed on hospital experiences

Thursday 6th April 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Up to 27,000 patients are to be asked about their experiences in the country's hospitals as part of a major new survey. The aim of the National Patient Experience Survey is to give patients the chance to describe their hospital experiences, with this information then being used to improve the healt... Read more →

IBS a major cause of embarrassment

Wednesday 5th April 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Some 40% of people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) say that the condition is a major source of embarrassment for them, while almost 50% feel it has lowered their self-confidence, a new study has found. IBS is a disorder which results in the large intestine (colon) overreacting to a mild stimulu... Read more →

Reimbursement of new MS drug welcomed

Tuesday 4th April 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

A decision by the HSE to reimburse a new medicine for people with multiple sclerosis (MS) has been welcomed by patients. MS is a chronic disease of the central nervous system, which causes a gradual degeneration of the nerves. This results in a progressive deterioration in various functions control... Read more →

Bowel cancer very treatable if caught early

Monday 3rd April 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Bowel cancer is ‘extremely treatable' if caught early, so it is essential that people can recognise the signs and symptoms of the disease, the Irish Cancer Society (ICS) has said. April is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month and during this time, the ICS will be working to raise awareness of the dis... Read more →

Concern over lack of CF drug talks

Friday 31st March 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Cystic Fibrosis Ireland (CFI) has expressed concern about a lack of contact between the manufacturers of two groundbreaking drugs and the HSE. Last year, the National Centre for Pharmacoeconomics (NCPE), which is responsible for assessing medicines and medical technologies to see whether they are c... Read more →