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# Ballymoney
Investigations ongoing after sudden death of two year old boy in Co Antrim
SDLP councillor Margaret Anne McKillop called it a ‘terrible tragedy which has reverberated throughout the community’.
# Gardaí
Poll finds that less than 20% of people who experience adult abuse report it
The survey of 1,000 adults also found some 66% of people know someone who has been abused
# long covid
Mater Hospital confirms Long Covid Clinic is set to close in December due to a lack of funding
However, a spokesperson for the hospital said it is willing to extend the operation of the Long Covid clinic into the new year.
# Cyber Attack
HSE to begin notifying people whose information was illegally accessed during 2021 cyber-attack
Around 113,000 patients and staff had some of their information illegally accessed and copied.
Only one visitor and no children: What are visiting restrictions like for hospitals currently?
A report by
Tadgh McNally
Visiting restrictions are decided by individual hospitals based on a risk assessment.
# Portrane
Central Mental Hospital relocated to €200 million facility in north county Dublin
The new facility will expand to a 130 bed capacity next year, compared to the Dundrum site’s capacity of 96.
# winter plan
'Too early' to say if Covid-19 vaccines will become regular winter jab, says Henry
The HSE Winter Plan was launched last month.
# Scary
'Significant delays' expected in emergency departments over long weekend
The public is being asked to ‘consider all options’ before going to A&E so that those who need care most can be prioritised.
# free contraception
Over 700 GPs still waiting for free contraception contracts to be finalised
The scheme was opened to women aged 17 to 25 last month.
# Festival
HSE screening at Electric Picnic found drugs not detected in Ireland before
The programme’s 46 samples also contained dangerously strong MDMA
# monkeypox
All available appointment for monkeypox vaccine booked, hours after online registration opens
The HSE said it will be making further appointments available at the start of next month.
# Breastfeeding
Seanad motion to call for breastfeeding lessons to be taught in Irish schools
A motion is being brought forward by Green Party senator Pauline O’Reilly in an effort to boost Ireland’s low breastfeeding rates.
# vaccination centres
HSE to establish 11 monkeypox vaccination centres
The HSE told TDs and Senators that over 500 monkeypox vaccines have been administered so far.
# Meningitis
Explainer: What is meningitis and what are the signs and symptoms to look out for?
While meningitis can affect anyone, it is most common in infancy and early childhood.
# bacteria
Up to 4 cases of meningitis and septicaemia under investigation
Two of the people affected have died.
# sexual health
HSE launches free home testing for STIs
The test kits are available to people aged 17 or over and are delivered by post.
# the needle has landed
HSE launches winter vaccination programme with flu and Covid-19 jabs
The HSE is inviting eligible groups to get their flu jab and their Covid-19 booster.
# stepping down
Paul Reid finishes last day as CEO of the HSE
Reid said he was ‘feeling emotionally drained saying goodbye to staff’.
# Immunology
Explainer: What you need to know about the new adapted Covid vaccines heading into winter
Professor of Immunology Christine Loscher says the new jabs work ‘specifically against Omicron’.
# camhs
HSE 'screening' files of patients that may have involved Kerry CAMHS scandal doctor
The ‘screening’ follows a report in January that found 46 children had suffered significant harm.
# Healthcare
Budget 2023 must address 'chronic' overcrowding in Irish hospitals, says INMO
It called for a ‘laser focus’ on recruitment of nurses and midwives.
# Navan
Hundreds take part in protest against plans to close emergency department at Navan hospital
Organiser Peader Toíbín has called on ‘political establishment to realise how important this issue is’.
# purple skulls
HSE warns about 'double strength' MDMA at Electric Picnic
The tablet’s contents are “approximately two times the average adult dose”.
# hidden costs
Families hit out at 'added stress' of hospital parking while children undergo cancer treatment
One parent told the report: ‘I feel guilty worrying about money because I’m so happy my children are well.’
# booster
People aged 50 and over can now get their Covid-19 booster vaccine
From today, this age group can book their booster appointment.
# Outbreak
Monkeypox: Around 600 people to receive vaccine during first phase of wider rollout
Services will contact this group in the coming days and the HSE aims to deliver two doses 28 days apart.
Fianna Fáil TD calls for Robert Watt to be made boss of the HSE and the Dept of Health
Barry Cowen believes it is time to share leadership between the two bodies.
# Moving On
Paul Reid to step down as HSE CEO in October - two months earlier than expected
Reid was due to stay in the role until December.
# menopause
Call for zero VAT rate to be applied to HRT for women in menopause
The Department of Health has suggested that all non-oral medication on the HSE’s formal reimbursement list could benefit from a zero VAT rate.
# Misinformation
HSE flagged over 3,000 Covid-19 social media posts due to misinformation
Most of the flagged posts were on Twitter.
# Healthcare
Doctors 'struggling to get paid' due to payroll issues in hospital changeover, IMO says
Non-consultant hospital doctors regularly move hospitals and must join a new payroll system each time.
# Infectious
Uptick in mumps in recent weeks as HSE advises MMR vaccine for anyone without two doses
Of 46 cases this year so far, nearly one-third were notified in July.
# monkeypox
Vaccination advice for groups most at risk of monkeypox to be issued soon
It follows calls to speed up the rollout of the vaccine to at-risk groups.
# monkeypox
Monkeypox: Use of smallpox vaccine to be extended to groups at high risk of exposure
The current outbreak of the virus was deemed a public health emergency by the WHO over the weekend.
# Outbreak
EU medicines agency recommends use of smallpox vaccine against monkeypox
Monkeypox resembles smallpox but is less dangerous and contagious.
# Waiting Lists
1,500 surgeries expected for Irish patients at new Spanish hospital
The treatment will be available because of the EU Cross Border Directive.
# st luke's kilkenny
Supreme Court to hear HSE's appeal over decision to lift consultant doctor's suspension
The Court of Appeal ruled that Prof Ray O’Sullivan was entitled to return to his job that he was suspended from on foot of the complaints against him in 2019.
# last day
'Leadership and courage': Dr Tony Holohan steps down as CMO today after 14 years
Professor Breda Smyth has been appointed to serve as Ireland’s interim chief medical officer.
# Health
HSE cuts child development checks in west Dublin due to 'staff shortages'
Parents have been contacted this week with the news.
# inequality
Private mental health centres provide better care than HSE facilities, report finds
Inspectors highlighted multiple serious risks and poor environments across five HSE approved centres in Cork.