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.

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”

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”

Brave the Wilderness 1

“Just as Penicillin was the wonder drug to emerge from WWII, perhaps we’ll look back on the COVID-19 Pandemic as the inflection point for teleHealth.” Dr Mark Lewis, MD @marklewismd Introduction eHealth is a broad term which refers to the use of information and communication technologies in healthcare. In late 2018, digital leaders, representing theContinue reading “Brave the Wilderness 1”