ESD: Our Virtual Transformation

The Early Supported Discharge (ESD) team in Cork provides specialised domiciliary stroke rehabilitation. As an integrated stroke service, ESD constitutes a vital rehabilitation pathway for stroke survivors facilitating patient flow through acute stroke units in Cork University Hospital, the Mercy University Hospital and St Finbarr’s Stroke rehabilitation unit since starting in 2018.

Major Surgery is Like Running a Marathon – Both Require Training

Prehabilitation is the concept of increasing an individual’s exercise capacity to physically prepare them for their upcoming surgery. The OpFit prehabilitation programme is a pre-operative exercise programme for patients who are scheduled for cancer surgery in St. James’ Hospital. We have based our programme on the current research on pre-operative rehabilitation, and also the MacmillanContinue reading “Major Surgery is Like Running a Marathon – Both Require Training”

COVID-19: From Zero to 6,000 in Eight Weeks

Hidden Health Workers Medical scientists are unique healthcare professionals. We play a pivotal role in the diagnosis of disease and treatment of patients. Yet, we never meet them, in fact, most don’t even know we exist. Although we don’t see the faces behind the samples, the patients are in the forefront of our minds inContinue reading “COVID-19: From Zero to 6,000 in Eight Weeks”

Cardiac Physiologists – Coping and Adapting as a Team during COVID-19

Over the weekend, I reflected on the effect, dynamics and response of our team of 16 Cardiac Physiologists to these unprecedented COVID weeks. Anxiety, Communication and Self-care Given we perform and report cardiac tests on patients, there has been anxiety of contracting or passing COVID to patients, particularly during cardiac ultrasound, a close contact procedure. Continue reading “Cardiac Physiologists – Coping and Adapting as a Team during COVID-19”

The Frontline as a Radiographer during COVID-19

I can distinctly recall the date of the first Covid-19 patient that was admitted to St. Luke’s Hospital in Kilkenny. Ironically, it was on Friday, the 13th March, 2020. It was so rehearsed, systematic, an ideal scenario in fact – the patient was calmly examined in a dedicated isolation room. ‘Recent travel from China’ read theContinue reading “The Frontline as a Radiographer during COVID-19”

COVID-RUARY: Clinical Reflections on the Month Gone by

This has been the most challenging 4 weeks in my 20 years of practice for many reasons. Looking for certainty at a time of complete and utter uncertainty has led us to reach out and make meaningful connections locally, nationally and internationally which has been a double edged sword. It has brought a lot ofContinue reading “COVID-RUARY: Clinical Reflections on the Month Gone by”

Pivoting, at Pace, to Virtual Patient Management, Communication and Education

Recent weeks have seen massive disruption to healthcare services as we grapple to meet service need in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Over the past six weeks, the SCOPe Directorate* in St. James’s Hospital has pivoted from primarily in person assessment and review to a teleHealth model. This Blog will set out the keyContinue reading “Pivoting, at Pace, to Virtual Patient Management, Communication and Education”

COVID-19 Profession-Specific Online Resources and Education

Over the last few weeks, I have seen first-hand the vital role HSCP are playing in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  HSCP are carrying out diagnostics and disease monitoring HSCP are delivering specialist treatment and rehabilitation HSCP are providing psychosocial and practical supports to patients and their families HSCP services are needed at each stageContinue reading “COVID-19 Profession-Specific Online Resources and Education”

Covid-19 Online Resources and Education

“The best part of learning is sharing what you know” Vaughn K. Lauer, Author Introduction                 What does COVID-19 mean for me? How will COVID-19 affect my clinical practice? How can I best support my patients? And protect my own health? Since the outbreak of COVID-19, my head has been filled with many questions.  As aContinue reading “Covid-19 Online Resources and Education”