Please Give Blood
Ann Doherty of the Irish Blood Transfusion Service has asked me to inform our readers that the Blood Donation Clinic will be visiting The Dome, Semple Stadium here in Thurles in the coming week.
The Service will also be visiting Nenagh on Monday November 3rd – Thursday November 6th 2011.
Venue In Thurles: The Dome, Semple Stadium, Thurles, Co, Tipperary.
Time: Afternoon Clinic – 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm, on Wednesday 2nd November.
The clinic will also be visiting Thurles on Thursday 3rd, Monday 7th and Tuesday 8th of November starting at 6:00pm – 9:00 pm each evening.
For further details click Here to check their website or contact them on Tel:- 061 306980.
Blood Transfusion Service Facts
Keep in mind that one in four people will need a blood transfusion at some point in their lives.
Only 5% of the population are regular blood donors.
Over 1,000 Irish people receive transfusions every week in Ireland.
One car accident victim may require up to 30 units of blood, a bleeding ulcer could require anything between 3-30 units of blood and a coronary artery bypass may use between 1-5 units of blood.
Approximately 70,000 patients will have transfusions in Irish hospitals this year.
3,000 blood donors are needed each week in Ireland.
A unit of blood lasts for just 35 days.
Some blood packs for new born babies or cancer treatment only lasts for 5 days.
There is no substitute for human blood.
The IBTS supplies 71 hospitals in Ireland with blood and blood products 365 days each year.
Deputy Noel Coonan is arranging an urgent meeting of HSE Management in the Mid West to look at new ways of dealing with the reduction of beds in the Hospital of the Assumption, the Dean Maxwell Community Nursing Unit and St Conlon’s Home in Nenagh.
Deputy Noel Coonan
The local Fine Gael TD has also spoken with his party colleague Minister James Reilly outlining his strong discontent at the worrying effect these cutbacks will have on those in need of rehab and respite.
Speaking to Thurles.Info today Deputy Coonan stated: “It is deeply regrettable that this cutback will affect the delivery of respite and rehabilitation care. These unfortunate cutbacks stem from the IMF/EU deal signed up to by Deputy Michael Lowry and Fianna Fáil in Government, who have left this country bankrupt. Deputy Lowry supported the last Government through thick and thin and the Hospital of the Assumption must now face the brunt of the outgoing Governments gross mismanagement. This last Government is the root cause for the HSE being in excess of its allocated budget and unable to provide staff to safely manage beds in Thurles. It is therefore ludicrous for Deputy Lowry, in recent days, to lay the blame at the feet of sitting Government TDs.”
“Every effort will be made to make better use of the existing resources and with that in mind I am calling for a meeting with HSE management and the hospitals concerned,” concluded the local Fine Gael TD.
Waterford Regional Hospital
In the interests of patient care and as a precaution, a ban on visitors has been introduced this weekend by the HSE at Waterford Regional Hospital, in a bid to curb a suspected case of the Winter Vomiting Bug.
The only exceptions permitted by the hospital, which serves patients from South Tipperary, are for parents visiting sick children and partners visiting the maternity section.
The vomiting bug causes short-lasting outbreaks of abdominal pain and nausea followed by diarrhoea and/or vomiting. It is usually quite mild and rarely causes severe problems, however it may be quite unpleasant and debilitating in small children or older people who are already ill or infirm.
People affected by the virus should drink plenty of fluids; maintain strict hygiene and because of the highly contagious nature of the virus and avoid visiting hospitals or nursing homes. If symptoms persist, contact your GP by telephone and advise him/her of your condition before going to the surgery, so as to limit the spread of the virus.
Dr Derry Gleeson. R.I.P.
The death has occurred, aged 88, of Tipperary born Dr Derry Gleeson, at Bishopscourt Residential Care Home, Liskillea Waterfall, Co. Cork.
Born in 1922 in Nenagh, Co Tipperary, Dr Gleeson was the son of Local Government Inspector Jeremiah Gleeson and his wife Mary. At the age of nine he moved with his family to County Cork where he was educated at the Presentation College, making the senior cup team and matriculating at just 15 years old. He went on to enter University College Cork’s medical school and later was elected president of the college’s Students’ Council, before graduating in 1944, aged just 22 years old.
Dr Gleeson began his medical career as an intern at Sheffield Royal Infirmary, (which closed in 1980,) later returning to Ireland to take up an appointment in obstetrics at the National Maternity Hospital in Dublin. In 1952 he was appointed dispensary doctor in Labesheeda, Kildysart,in Co Clare, and in 1955, appointed dispensary doctor in Ballylinan, in Co Laois.
Dr Gleeson was particularly well known in rugby circles as an Ireland and Munster rugby selector, as well as being a past President of the Irish Medical Association, a former Vice-Chairman of the Irish Medical Council from 1984 to 1989 and President of the Irish Medical Association’s delegation to China in 1976/77.
Dr Gleeson played rugby with Clontarf FC, Athy FC, and UCC rugby club, latter of which he was President from 1975 to 1977. He was a Munster Rugby selector during the 1960′s and an Irish selector from 1969 to 1972. Dr Gleeson was also a well known member of both Cork and Waterville Golf Links.
Pre-deceased by his wife Margie, (née O’Gorman) Dr Gleeson will be sadly missed, yet lovingly remembered by his family, his many friends, neighbours and former patients.
The body of Dr Gleeson remains in repose at the Wilton Funeral Home, Sarsfield Road, Cork with removal this Monday evening at 6.30pm to St Joseph’s (SMA) Church, Wilton. Requiem Mass will be held at 11.00am on Tuesday with funeral afterwards to St. Olives Cemetery, Model Farm Road, Cork.
Note: Family flowers only with donations, if desired, to Cork Alzheimer’s Home Support or the Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland.
Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.
Bad news on the jobs front for Tipperary, with the Johnson & Johnson manufacturing plant at Cahir Road, Cashel, announcing the loss of 133 employees, through plant closure. The jobs of a further 90 part-time contract workers are also affected.
Staff were informed of the Companie’s plans at a meeting held just today.
The decision comes following the Cordis Corporation, a Johnson & Johnson company, deciding it would now stop manufacturing its Cypher Drug Coated Heart Stents, by the end of 2011, and also to end their development of a new model.
Mr David Kinahan, General Manager, stated that the decision taken by the company was in no way a reflection on the dedication and hard work of everyone employed at their Cashel plant.
Spokesman for Johnson & Johnson, Mr Bryan Mohally, stated that the company remained committed to Ireland, promising to explore alternatives for the Cashel site and also to make every effort to help those who may be affected by these job losses, in terms of redeployment within the Johnson & Johnson family of companies.
It is understood that this Cordis Corporation closure is part of a restructuring plan, that will cut up to 1,000 jobs worldwide, with similar closures planned at factories, in Puerto Rico, and San German.
The company is understood to have lost trading ground to Abbott Laboratories and Boston Scientific in the estimated $4 billion annual global market for heart stents.