Use of AI in 15,000 Patient Scans Speeds Up Emergency Care
Irish General Practice Nurses Educational Association
by Ryan
3M ago
The Mater Misericordiae University Hospital has become the first hospital in Ireland to use artificial intelligence (AI) across its radiology department in order to accelerate emergency care. The Dublin hospital announced that, since it introduced the new software earlier this year, more than 15,600 patient scans have been analysed. Over 700 pathologies were correctly flagged by AI within two-three minutes of the scan being completed, with 500 intracranial haemorrhages and 200 pulmonary emboli being identified. Mater consultant radiologist Prof Peter MacMahon, said, “our experiences have unde ..read more
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Almost 80,000 Nurses and Midwives Practising in Ireland
Irish General Practice Nurses Educational Association
by Ryan
3M ago
Almost 80,000 nurses and midwives are practising in Ireland, a five per cent increase on last year, according to new figures. A report on the nursing workforce also showed a 27 per cent year-on-year increase in the number of new nursing registrants in Ireland, with 6,257 signing up in the 12 months to June 1, 2023. The majority of these new registrants in the past year came from non-EU countries. The top overseas countries from which new registrants came were India (3,272), Philippines (560), United Kingdom (232) and Zimbabwe (169). A total of 1,584 new registrants qualified in Ireland, up tw ..read more
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Ireland on Target to Eliminate Cervical Cancer By 2040
Irish General Practice Nurses Educational Association
by Ryan
3M ago
The Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly TD has revealed that Ireland is on target, with sustained effort from all stakeholders, to eliminate cervical cancer by 2040. The announcement came as the Minister marked Cervical Cancer Elimination Day of Action, a global initiative to eliminate cervical cancer. Currently, in Ireland, about 300 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer every year, and sadly 90 will die from it. The WHO defines elimination of cervical cancer as fewer than 4 cases per 100,000 women. This would make cervical cancer rare, reducing the number of cases to the extent that it ..read more
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New Saolta Radiation Oncology Centre Opened at Galway University Hospital
Irish General Practice Nurses Educational Association
by Ryan
3M ago
Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly opened the Saolta Radiation Oncology Centre at Galway University Hospital (GUH). This new radiation oncology centre began to accept patients in Q2 2023. This new facility comprises a three-story radiation oncology centre at GUH and will provide state of the art treatment for radiotherapy patients in the West of Ireland going forward, improving waiting times and ensuring equal access to cutting edge therapies for patients throughout Ireland. Opening the new centre, Minister Donnelly said, “this centre is the result of a commitment s ..read more
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National Open Disclosure Framework for the Whole Health and Social Sector Launched
Irish General Practice Nurses Educational Association
by Ryan
3M ago
The Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has launched a National Open Disclosure Framework for the whole health and social sector. This Framework sets out a consistent system-wide approach for our health and social care services to open communication following a patient safety incident. The Framework will apply beyond the Health Service Executive (HSE) to all private health and social care providers, as well as health regulators and educational bodies. Launching the Framework, Minister Donnelly said, “when something goes wrong with a patient’s care, we must have an open, consistent, compassio ..read more
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Ministers for Health Announce Budget for Delivery of Health Services in 2024
Irish General Practice Nurses Educational Association
by Ryan
3M ago
The Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly, Minister for Public Health, Wellbeing and the National Drugs Strategy, Hildegarde Naughton, and Minister for Mental Health and Older People, Mary Butler, have announced a €22.5 billion health services budget in 2024 that will facilitate the continued delivery and expansion of quality, affordable healthcare services. The significant allocation includes a Health Resilience Fund which will support service delivery in response to high inflation and increased patient demand among an expanding and ageing population. Budget 2024 will provide ..read more
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Commencement of Publicly-Funded AHR Treatment
Irish General Practice Nurses Educational Association
by Ryan
8M ago
Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has announced that patients are now being referred through Regional Fertility Hubs for publicly-funded AHR (assisted human reproduction) treatment. Eligible patients will be entitled to one full cycle of IVF (in-vitro fertilisation) or ICSI (Intracytoplasmic sperm injection) treatment, provided in a Health Service Executive (HSE)-approved private clinic of their choice. For certain cohorts of patients, up to three episodes of IUI (intrauterine insemination) can be made available. The commencement fulfils the Programme for Government commitment to provide a ..read more
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New Memory Services Announced for Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias
Irish General Practice Nurses Educational Association
by Ryan
8M ago
More than 160 staff will be recruited to support the development of new memory services across Ireland for Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. The Government made the announcement to mark World Alzheimer’s Day, which took place last week. Ten new Memory Assessment and Support Services are being established in Mayo, Sligo, Waterford, Wexford, Cavan/Monaghan, Donegal, Kerry, Limerick, Mullingar and Galway. In each location, multidisciplinary teams consisting of medical, nursing and therapy staff will undertake up to 300 new assessments per year, and serve a population of up to 150,000 peop ..read more
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Get Ireland Walking Strategy Launched
Irish General Practice Nurses Educational Association
by Ryan
8M ago
The Minister for Public Health, Wellbeing and the National Drugs Strategy, Hildegarde Naughton, and the Minister for Sport and Physical Education, Thomas Byrne, have launched the Get Ireland Walking strategy 2023-2027 and announced Healthy Ireland funding of €1.46 million to Sport Ireland for 2023. Get Ireland Walking was established in 2013 with the support of Healthy Ireland and Sport Ireland, with the objective of supporting and unifying the efforts of the range of actors involved in the promotion of walking in Ireland. The new Get Ireland Walking strategy builds o ..read more
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Families Can Now Register for Free GP Care for Children Aged 6-7
Irish General Practice Nurses Educational Association
by Ryan
9M ago
Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly announced the opening of registrations for free GP care for children aged 6-7. The Under 6s GP Visit Card scheme has been expanded to become the Under 8s GP Visit Card scheme now providing free GP care for all children aged under 8 in Ireland. The move represents the first stage in the biggest expansion in eligibility for free GP care in the history of the State covering up to 500,000 people. Announcing the opening of registrations Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly said, “I am delighted to announce that registrations for children aged 6 ..read more
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