2020: Stand Out Memories For Me

When we look back on 2020 in years to come, what will be our stand out memories? There will be a feature length episode of Reeling in the Years, that’s for sure! And there will be sad reminders of how many people lost their lives to COVID-19, how difficult it was for those working inContinue reading “2020: Stand Out Memories For Me”

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”

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”

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”