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Capital Investment Plan To Invest In South Tipperary General Hospital

Lowry Welcomes Unprecedented Investment In South Tipperary General Hospital

Tremendous news for South Tipperary General Hospital following confirmation from Deputy Michael Lowry that the Hospital is to be included in the Capital Investment Plan. The Hospital is now earmarked for a substantial €50 Million infrastructural investment plan.

L-R: Professor Mr Peter Murchan, Mr Michael Lowry (TD), M/s Maria Barry (Hospital General Manager), and Professor Mr Paud O’Regan.

Deputy Michael Lowry has today confirmed, what he himself called “the biggest ever investment in a Tipperary Health Care project”.

“This is ground-breaking, fantastic news for South Tipperary General Hospital. I’m absolutely delighted for the Management and Staff of the Hospital and for the people of Tipperary. Since the last general election when North and South Tipperary were combined into one constituency, I made a promise to the people of Tipperary that the investment and development of South Tipperary General Hospital was my number one priority. Originally I made the case for the much need 12 bed overflow unit to be funded and I am pleased that this is now open and in operation. Next was the provision of a 40 bed modular unit to alleviate the chronic overcrowding at the Hospital, I can confirm that the modular unit has now been designed, the preferred contractor has now been chosen and contracts are ready to be signed, funding of €16m is in place and the order for supply is ready to be placed. It is intended to have this state of the art unit functional for November 2018.”

Deputy Lowry continued:
“Over the past year I have personally made a strong case that South Tipperary General Hospital needed to be included in the Capital Investment Plan. I had extensive on going discussions with Hospital Management, Ministers Simon Harris, Paschal Donohoe and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, I am thrilled to confirm that our efforts have been met with resounding success. The Hospital is one of the priority projects in the plan which will be initiated and concluded. I can also confirm that as part of the Capital Investment Plan for South Tipperary General Hospital the Hospital will receive €3.2m for the provision of a new Outpatient Clinic. I can also confirm that under the Capital Plan design work will be advanced for the construction of a new 50 bed unit with estimated costs of over €24 million. Overall the total investment in South Tipperary General Hospital in the short term will be a minimum of €50m”.

Deputy Lowry concluded:
“The staff and everyone involved at the Hospital in Clonmel have shown remarkable patience and resilience. They have kept the Hospital going during very difficult times and circumstances. We are now witnessing an amazing turnaround in the fortunes of South Tipperary General Hospital. It was only a short time ago since the Hospital was listed for downgrading, we have now turned the corner and there is fantastic confidence in the Hospital’s future and a good atmosphere prevailing. There is huge credit due to the Management and Staff and I am delighted that after years of being ignored and neglected South Tipperary General Hospital is now the focus of attention by the HSE, by the Department of Health and the Government.  I’m pleased that the multi million Euro investment that was required is now available.”


South Tipperary Hospital Impose Visitor Restrictions

South Tipperary General Hospital

South Tipperary General, in Clonmel, Co. Tipperary have stated that restrictions imposed, in respect of all visitors are to strictly remain in place. This regulation is due to a serious outbreak of influenza at the medical facility.

Family members visiting relatives and in particular, children; will be prohibited from the Clonmel facility and the normal general visiting to all wards will be strictly prohibited, apart from very exceptional circumstances.

All infection control measures are confirmed, by the facilities management, as being in place, with every effort being made to contain the spread of the dangerous virus.

Those outside the hospital experiencing flu-like symptoms are now advised to make contact with their own medical practitioner, by phone in the first instance, and to avoid presenting themselves at hospital Emergency Departments.


Dementia Awareness Workshops Thurles

M/s Ursula Paine, CAMEO Care, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, reports:-

Thurles Businesses Urged to Sign Up Staff for Dementia Awareness Workshops to Better Support Customers.

Do you work with the public in the Retail Sector or in Financial Services?

The Source Building here in Cathedral Street, Thurles, Co. Tipperary will be the venue for a number of free dementia awareness workshops for staff working in the retail and financial services sectors, and being organised during the months of February and March, 2018.

These workshops, which will be presented by M/s Ursula Paine (CAMEO Care, Thurles), and M/s Jennifer Doyle, (Community Hospital of the Assumption, Thurles), as part of an ongoing initiative, “Dementia: Understand Together”, which is anxious to create a better understanding and awareness about this growing condition.

Approximately 4,000 people, or an average of 11 people every day, develop dementia in Ireland each year. Indeed, there are over half a million people who have had a family member with dementia, yet research shows that many of us do not fully understand this condition.

Dementia Awareness Workshops.
The dementia awareness workshops are completely free with the workshops for the retail sector taking place in February on three consecutive FridaysFebruary 9th, 16th and 23rd, from 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm. Workshops for financial services staff are taking place on three consecutive Fridays in MarchMarch 2nd, 9th and 16th from 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm also.

[For more information, contact M/s Ursula Paine on Mobile: 086 8381818.]

For M/s Ursula Paine, (Nurse Manager, CAMEO Care in Thurles), these workshops will hopefully support people with dementia to continue to live safe and well within the community:-

“We know that there are about 55,000 people living with dementia in Ireland right now – a number that is set to more than double by 2040 – and that approximately two-thirds of these people remain living within the community. These workshops are all about providing staff who work with the public day in and day out, with a better understanding of dementia, perhaps recognising someone with dementia who comes into their shop, supermarket, café or financial institution; and how best to support that person”, stated M/s Paine.

“For example, signs of dementia could include persons having trouble remembering names or details; like their address; is finding it difficult to communicate what they need or want, or is having difficulty navigating their way around. We want to try to lift some of the misunderstanding that sometimes confronts people with dementia, so that they feel more included in their communities through making life that little bit better for them”, continued M/s Paine.

For M/s Jennifer Doyle, (Clinical Nurse Manager, Community Hospital of the Assumption, Thurles), these workshops will offer really practical ideas for shops and banks to better support day to day customers:-

“We are aware that shopping is one of the big activities that people with dementia living in the community continue to undertake, and we also know that being able to manage our finances is ultimately key to our independence. With these two workshops, we explore some of the situations in which customers might find themselves in a shop or bank, and offer some ideas to workshop participants, as to how to make their environments more dementia-inclusive”, stated M/s Doyle

“For example, in a shop it could be about ensuring that signage is clear and visible, or having seating, good lighting and being aware of noise levels. In a financial institution, it might be around identifying signs of financial abuse and how to engage supportive communication skills and best work with relatives. It could include changes to the customer environment, combined with staff trained in dementia awareness, e.g. who smiles warmly; speaks clearly and listens carefully to what a person is saying, and to give them that bit of extra time if needed.  Such practises truly help dementia sufferers to continue to live independently”, continued M/s Doyle.

Dementia: Understand Together
The “Dementia: Understand Together” campaign is led by the Health Service Executive (HSE) in partnership with the Alzheimer Society of Ireland and Genio. The campaign website offers a comprehensive information resource on dementia, including a service-finder detailing county-by-county the dementia supports and services available.

It also offers a range of training resources for carers, and for businesses and organisations in the retail, transport, public and financial sectors. Support packs, including posters, leaflets and badges, can be ordered also. Simply visit HERE or Freephone 1800 341 341.


Help Save A Life – Give Blood – Become A Donor

Please Give Blood

Thurles Blood Donation Clinics

Where: The Dome Semple Stadium, Thurles Co. Tipperary.
When: Monday February 12th, 2018.
Time: 2:00 pm5:00 pm.

Also In Thurles: Tuesday Feb. 13th —– Wednesday Feb. 14th —– Thursday Feb. 15th.
Time: 5:30 pm 8:30 pm.

Note: Blood Donation Clinics will also operate between Nenagh and Clonmel each day between Monday Feb. 19th and Thursday Feb. 22nd inclusive, with a visit to Cahir on Monday Feb. 26th.

For further details check their website HERE or contact them on Tel: 01 4322800.

Remember the facts:
One car accident victim may require as much as 30 units of blood.
One in four people will need a blood transfusion at some point in their lives.
A bleeding ulcer could require anything between 3-30 units of blood.
A coronary artery bypass may use between 1-5 units of blood.
Only 5% of the population are regular blood donors.
Over 1,000 Irish people receive transfusions every week in Ireland.


Avian Influenza Subtype H5N6 Strikes Co. Tipperary

White-tailed Eagle

The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine today confirmed that a virus identified as avian influenza (subtype H5N6) has been found in a white-tailed sea eagle, found dead in Co. Tipperary, on January 31st last.

The HSE Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HSE-HPSC) and the European Centre for Disease Control (ECDC) have both advised that the risk to public health from this avian influenza strain is very low and that the disease poses no food safety risk for consumers.

However, this finding could warrant an increased risk to poultry and therefore strict bio-security measures, irrespective of actual bird-flock size, are now necessary to further prevent the disease. Poultry owners are advised to feed and water their birds inside and under cover where wild birds are less likely to access.

This find in Co. Tipperary comes as no great surprise; since this virus has already been detected in wild birds in several locations across Great Britain from the start of 2018, and indeed in other more eastern European countries prior to the end of 2017.

Warning: In particular inform your children. If you do find dead or sickly wild birds, e.g. wild ducks, wild geese, swans, gulls or birds of prey, do not handle, but immediately report the findings.

A list of Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine offices and their contact details are available HERE.

The results of further comparative tests on this virus are expected to become available in the coming days.