The Impact of Covid-19 on a Disability Service – Part Two

Our first Blog described our experience of navigating the early stages of the pandemic and the critical work streams that needed to be established to enable us to begin responding to the challenges of COVID-19. Now, as we move from the initial response into the phase of longer-term accommodation and slow easing of restrictions, ourContinue reading “The Impact of Covid-19 on a Disability Service – Part Two”

The Impact of Covid-19 on a Disability Service – Part One

The past four months have seen inordinate change for the people with disabilities and families who use the services of St. Michael’s House. Widespread closure of schools, adult day and training services and respite have placed huge pressures on individuals and families. Clinical supports have been altered or ceased. Routines have been disturbed, much neededContinue reading “The Impact of Covid-19 on a Disability Service – Part One”

Jack Charlton’s Amazing Act of Kindness

Sitting on board an Aer Lingus flight in January 1996, I noticed Jack Charlton across the aisle from me. This was a significant flight for Jack, his final, emotional farewell voyage following his retirement as Manager of the Ireland team after nine great years in charge and three unforgettable major tournaments. I resisted the temptationContinue reading “Jack Charlton’s Amazing Act of Kindness”

Transitioning to a Virtual Campus

The Experience of the RCSI School of Physiotherapy during the COVID-19 Pandemic In this blog, we want to share our experience of dealing with COVID-19 in the teaching, learning and assessment of our physiotherapy students. As a University of Medicine and Health Sciences, RCSI is well known for its international footprint. This, alongside our world-leadingContinue reading “Transitioning to a Virtual Campus”

Staff Self-Care in the Context of COVID

Many disciplines contribute to the delivery of our Health Services, from primary care to acute hospital care. These include medicine, nursing, health and social care professions and pharmacy. As a hospital psychologist, I’m acutely aware of the additional ancillary disciplines, such as administrators, cleaners, caterers, porters, IT-experts, and security-personnel that also make invaluable contributions toContinue reading “Staff Self-Care in the Context of COVID”

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”