Independent TD Michael Lowry has welcomed the recent added financial investment in the Irish health sector, and in particular the €40m announced for home care services. Same investment comes as part of an extra €500 million funding which has been added to our already overall Health Service Budget nationally for 2016, by Minister for Health Mr Simon Harris.
However Lowry warned, “Despite this new welcome allocation, serious challenges still continue to remain within the service, with demands for home help and home care packages continuing to grow.”
In particular Lowry pointed out, “Patients who are medically ready for hospital discharge continue to remain waiting in much needed hospital beds, due to our inability to access and put in place home supports.”
“More access to home supports”, stated Lowry, “could see patients living at home; instead of remaining in long-term residential care, should these appropriate services be made more readily available. This said problems are also arising in the number of older people already in receipt of home care, who have been identified as not receiving the number of help hours needed.
It is readily acknowledged that many more patients could be at home”, continued Lowry, “where they themselves want to be; where their families want them to be; and where Government policy says they should be. However we are simply not providing these necessary homecare supports and this present situation goes completely against Governmental stated objectives of caring for individuals within our communities.
In particular over the past number of years Health Care in its entirety across Tipperary has faced utter devastation through serious financial cuts, e.g. South Tipp General Hospital, Our Lady’s hospital Cashel, Dean Maxwell Roscrea, Mount Sion Tipperary, the effects of which can only be described as terrifying and a gross burden on our most vulnerable. To this end I will now be seeking an assurance from Minister Harris that a fair share of this much needed new funding will be made available to Co. Tipperary.
This new investment in our community care services is indeed a most positive development, however we now need to put in place a system that provides for more appropriate homecare services and packages. This will enable many more of our citizens to return to live in their own homes under a more tailored care plan, which in turn will be one step closer to solving our current hospital overcrowding”, concluded Lowry.
Viral rash indicating a possible attack of ‘Shingles’.
“There is no doubt there are major problems in our health service, of which we are not even aware”, Paddy confirmed to me over a pint, down in Hickey’s Pub, Cathedral Street, Thurles, last night. Paddy was relating to me details of a rather embarrassing incident which had happened to a mate of his, early yesterday morning.
According to Paddy, his mate Mick, a local lorry driver; latter well known as holding a somewhat easy-going, composed and obliging personality, had paid a rather unscheduled visit to a doctor.
Mick had walked into the new Primary Care Centre, located in Carrick-on-Suir. “Sure you know the place”, said Paddy, “Set up under a Public Private Partnership by the European Investment Bank, in yet another attempt to privatise our Irish health service and further promote our existing two tier health system.”
According to Paddy, Mick approached the reception desk and a young lady queried as to his problem. ‘Shingles’, said Mick. The receptionist, knowledgeable enough to know it was not possible to catch shingles from someone else with that condition, then asked him a load of personal questions. She sought his name; his address; his private telephone number and (the all important question), whether or not he held private Medical Insurance. Having received positive answers to all questions, she then invited him to have a seat in the public waiting room.
Some fifteen minutes later a nurse’s aide arrived; calling him by name, she again asked him what was his particular problem?. ‘Shingles’, said Mike. The nurse’s aide measured his height; took details of his weight; asked if he ever had chickenpox in the past and then told him to remain seated in the examination room.
A half hour later a registered nurse came along and asked Mike yet again what was his problem. ‘Shingles’, said Mike. So the nurse took his blood pressure, a blood sample test, gave him an electrocardiogram (ECG), before asking him to remove all his clothing in preparation for a full examination by the doctor; whom would be along shortly.
An hour later the doctor arrived and found Mike sitting patiently, in his birthday suit. He again enquired as to Mike’s problem. ‘Shingles’, said a now somewhat agitated Mike. The doctor asked, ‘Where?’ Mike said, ‘Outside on me truck. I was just wondering where you would like me to unload ’em?.’
Thurles Community Garda Officer Mr Chris Verling, reports:-
Beltaine or Beltane, the Anglicised name for the Gaelic Festival of Bealtaine (Irish for the month of May), takes place this month; marking the halfway period between the Spring Equinox and the Summer Solstice.
To celebrate ‘Bealtaine’, while simultaneously helping elderly people to achieve their optimum physical, cognitive and mental health, as well as maximising their engagement in life; on Wednesday next, May 4th 2016 a “Tea Dance” will take place at an event run and organized by the local charity “Successful Ageing Thurles”.
This “Bealtaine Tea Dance” will take place at the Anner Hotel, Dublin Road, Thurles, from 2.00pm – 5.00pm and all elderly people in our community, wishing to attend, are being asked to please R.S.V.P. Thurles Library Tel: (0504) – 29720 or Mr Michael Wright Mobile Tel: (083) 3581304. (R.S.V.P required solely to ensure there is tea and a biscuit for everyone.)
Note: Admission to all elderly members within our community is totally free, including the music and light refreshments being provided during the course of this most enjoyable of annual Thurles events.
So all you young people out there, inform and check with your elderly parents, elderly friends, relatives not forgetting elderly neighbours. Help to assist them in sending their R.S.V.P.’s; latter indicating their intention to attend, shake that leg, meet, greet, laugh, chat or limply listen to the music, while sharing in this most pleasurable of ‘Bealtaine Festival’ afternoon events.
Remember Wednesday next, May 4th 2016.
It is with regret we report that Gardaí in Co. Tipperary are investigating a fatal road traffic collision, which took place earlier this afternoon on the Limerick Road near Roscrea, in Co Tipperary.
A female in her late 60’s is believed to be the driver of a car which collided with a van at about 3:00pm this afternoon, alas, causing her fatal injuries. Two other passengers, including her husband, understood to be similarly aged, and a man in his 50’s were all airlifted to University Hospital Limerick, suffering with serious injuries, with one victim understood to be in a critical condition.
The car passengers were cut from the wreckage by attending ambulance and emergency services from Nenagh, Birr, and Portloaise, before been airlifted to hospital from the scene, by a Shannon-based Coast Guard Rescue Helicopter and the Athlone-based Air Corps Emergency Aero-medical Service.
At least some of the car occupants involved are believed to hail from the Tallaght area of Co. Dublin. The driver of the van is also injured, but his injuries are understood to be not life threatening.
The N7 road now remains closed, in both directions, between Roscrea and Dunkerrin, and a Garda investigation involving a forensic examination of the crash site is currently under-way.
This recent collision now brings to 4; the number of people who have lost their lives on Tipperary roads since the start of 2016.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dílis.
The Irish Blood Transfusion Service (IBTS) will attend at The Dome in the grounds of Semple Stadium here in Thurles, Co. Tipperary early next week.
The mobile unit will be in place on Monday March 14th, 2016 from 5:30pm – 8:30pm, so where possible do please attend and help save a life by giving blood.
Keep in mind this mobile unit will also be visiting Roscrea, Co. Tipperary, on Wednesday March 30th and Thursday March 31st.
The IBTS supplies 71 hospitals in Ireland with blood and blood products 365 days a year, supplying over 70,000 patients in Irish hospitals each year.
For further details why not check their website www. giveblood.ie or contact them on Tel: (061) 306980.