The guide is in three parts;
Part 1 gives information on how to access different types of health care, the services that are free and how the GP, Pharmacy and hospital systems work.
Part 2 gives information about specialist services (dental treatments, eye tests, hearing aids, vaccinations) and some of the staff you may meet in the health system.
Part 3 advises what to do in an emergency.
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Below is a poster with QR codes, these are codes that can be scanned by a smart phone, which bring you to the booklet 'About the Irish Health Service'. There are 15 QR codes on the poster, one for each language.
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Professor Seamus O'Reilly, who works across three Cork hospitals, said the impact is being felt in emergency departments, with ICU capacity and staffing issues. Speaking on RTÉ's Morning Ireland, Prof O'Reilly said emergency departments are full. He said there are staffing problems due to breakthrough Covid-19 infections among vaccinated healthcare workers, which showed that immunity is waning.
It's time to be extra cautious when meeting people and going places again. Vaccinations, Masks, Distancing & Cleaning Hands worked before & they will work again now.
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Who are we?
We offer free mental health support for adults and children. We aim to provide a service which respects your own culture, beliefs and experiences, whilst offering you a safe space to talk about what is going on in your life.
What We Do:
Phone : 0873370542
The Clinics will offer 1st Dose walk-in Vaccination for anyone aged 16 or over.
Near the city they will be in City Hall and the MTU (Formerly CIT) in Bishopstown. Full details of days & timings at the link here -/>
Official HSE Information re COVID-19 Vaccines in Ireland
Making a decision about getting a COVID-19 vaccine is a big one which can influence your own health and that of those who you share your life and location with. For that reason, you should not rely solely on Facebook, other residents or stories which are circulating. You should also get the Official advice from health experts.
1. Talk to your doctor
2. View a video in your own language made by a Cork doctor at the link here - />
3. Read the HSE provided information which is being constantly updated at the link here -/>
Written By Gary - BRIJ Volunteer
Following on from my earlier article on how we in Ireland are used to Vaccines ( at this link -/> ), over 500,000 1st or 2nd dose vaccines have been administered in Ireland without any major health concerns. Over 334 million injections have been done globally and the effectiveness of all vaccines has been shown to be as good as, if not better than, expected;- including against new strains of the virus.
In general, therefore, the news is very positive and even though some will consider themselves safe without a vaccine, the argument is made that even if you may not get sick with the virus, you may still pass it on to someone who will. Also, every case of the vaccine that is allowed live in a human body has the potential to mutate into a more dangerous strain that can survive the vaccine and come back to bite us all, even those who previously did not believe themselves to be at risk at all.
As I said before, we in Ireland are used to the possibility of feeling a little sore or sick after a vaccine injection and that has shown to be no different for the COVID-19 vaccines. My 91 year old Mother-In-Law has had both 1st & 2nd dose vaccines and felt no after effects whatsoever. My daughter, who is a student nurse in her 30's, had a sore arm and a temperature for a day or so after her 2nd injection but nothing after that.
As someone, who has traveled a lot across Africa & the Middle East for several decades, I have frequently had to get vaccines and occasionally I have experienced a sore arm but no more.
So feeling a little sick & sore for a short time after the vaccine is to be expected and this article from BBC News a few days ago explains that in detail. I would recommend that everyone should read it.
I look forward myself to getting my COVID-19 vaccine as soon as they can give it to me and it will be added to the long list of vaccines in my vaccine book already.
Follow this link to the article:
'Normal' to feel a bit unwell after Covid vaccine
"So what should you make of all this? Well, if you are offered a vaccine - any vaccine - take it enthusiastically."
I feel desperately sorry for the public trying to make head or tail of some of the scientific discussions on the pandemic right now. Science is being done, disseminated, argued about – sometimes peer-reviewed if we are lucky – and then immediately rewritten days later. Even with some experience – I’m a clinician-scientist – it’s hard to keep up. Data and reports come thick and fast, with little time to assess what they really mean.
One particularly fast-moving topic at the moment is vaccine efficacy. The emerging data from vaccination programmes looks great and seems to strongly back up the findings of clinical trials...........
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In response to the outbreak of COVID-19 HSE, Health & Wellbeing will be offering a Stress Control programme online, commencing 13th April 2020, via Stresscontrol.org . This 3 week programme for adults aged 18 and over is free of charge to the public and delivered by Dr Jim White, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, the creator of the programme.
The first session is being repeated today 14/4 at 2 pm.
For more information see this video from the HSE:
As on 9th February 2021, more than 248,000 people have been given either 1 or 2 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine in Ireland in the 1st phase of the vaccine rollout.
The priorities are safety and working to protect people as quickly as we can.People who are most at risk from COVID-19 will be vaccinated first.
People in these groups are currently being vaccinated against COVID-19:
The next group to be vaccinated will be people aged 85 and older. This will start on 15 February and will continue as supplies of vaccines are available.
If you are aged 85 or older, you don't need to register in advance. Your GP will contact you when your vaccine is available.
COVID-19 vaccination will be offered to more groups as soon as possible.
Supplies of vaccines are limited at this time. Vaccines will be given as the supply arrives in Ireland. There will be no build-up of stock. The rollout of vaccines will only be limited by supply.
COVID-19 vaccines licensing and approval
There are 3 COVID-19 vaccines licensed for use in Ireland.
These are the:
Vaccines are tested for safety and effectiveness before they can be used. The HSE only uses a vaccine if it meets the required standards of safety and effectiveness.
Vaccines will be given to people most at risk from COVID-19 first. As other vaccines come through the licensing process, we will offer them to the next groups until we make it available to the general population.
For ongoing FACTUAL information about the COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout in Ireland, you can go to this website here -/>
As COVID-19 is mainly transmitted from one person to another through small droplets in the air, it is very important that we all continue to wear face coverings or masks when in confined areas or in close proximity with others.
For these to be effective, they must be worn properly.
Do you know how to wear one properly - Remind yourself now!
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The COVID-19 pandemic has brought with it an avalanche of misinformation. A number of myths have persisted that suggest COVID isn't particularly dangerous, or that governments shouldn't try to contain the virus with lockdowns and other distancing measures.
If you click on the image below it brings you to a website where all the issues normally raised re COVID-19 are discussed and explained.
The need for and successful use of masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is also dealt with.
All residents know at this stage that they should be wearing a mask to prevent the spread of COVID-19 when close to someone else, whether indoors or outdoors.
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THE HEAD OF the body that regulates medicines in Ireland has said that a rigorous process is ongoing to monitor the safety of Covid-19 vaccines and that the benefits of these vaccines “continue to outweigh the risks”.
Many people in Ireland have been receiving vaccines through our health service since birth. It has been a routine for children in the very successful eradication of early childhood diseases.
Others have received vaccines for certain types of cancer and as required for travel to certain countries.
The Irish health services have a good and reliable record for their vaccination programmes with very high numbers volunteering to be vaccinated. This has meant that many diseases have been eradicated in Ireland.
Over the years, whether as children or when getting vaccines for travel, it has not been unusual for some people to feel a little sick or sore for a day or two after getting the vaccine. These are the normal side effects of all vaccines. They are just the vaccine stimulating the immune system as it is supposed to do and some people feel it and others don't because we are all different. The same type of side effects can be expected for the COVID-19 vaccine too.
Some may be concerned about the speed that the new vaccines for COVID-19 have been developed. Vaccines consist of 2 main parts:-
1. The Medicine
2. The sugar to make the medicine go down
For vaccines, the "sugar" is actually the messenger used to stimulate the body's immune system so it recognises the vaccine's arrival and does what is required to accept the "medicine". The "sugar", therefore, is the process and additives used with the vaccine. Previously these had to be developed especially for each vaccine and part of the time that it took to develop the vaccine itself was the time necessary to develop the right messenger that worked best for what it was trying to do. This contributed to the longer development times for vaccines that were normal in the past.
However, in recent years they have developed a new messenger that can be used with any and all vaccines and this means that a large percentage of vaccine development time is now gone;- thereby shortening the whole process. The COVID-19 development has greatly benefited from this and it has allowed the vaccine be developed and tested in a much quicker time.
As a result, in Ireland COVID-19 vaccines are now available to high risk groups and everyone should have access to one of them by September if wanted.
More than 53 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine have already been given to people worldwide, including over 94,000 in Ireland at time of writing this article.
If you are making decisions about getting the vaccine for yourself or others, please take time to understand the facts as it is an important decision for you, your family and the community you live in.
Some more facts are given in this recent newspaper article - click on the image below to read:-
Brought to you by HSE Health and Wellbeing, this evidence-based programme provides a unique opportunity for people to learn more about mindfulness, gratitude, self-care and resilience.
A new video-based mental wellbeing programme called Minding Your Wellbeing is now freely accessible.
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As part of a National initiative to commence routine COVID-19 testing in DP Centres and help prevent the spread of the virus, testing of all residents will be done in Glenvera on Monday next 21st September.
Sorina Gabor of the HSE and Gary from BRIJ will be in there at the time to answer any related questions.
This is a very positive development and BRIJ encourages everyone to get tested as this will be your part in ensuring that the virus does not spread in your Centre to fellow residents. The test itself is very short and straight forward.
If you have any queries or concerns in advance please contact Gary.
Please see the information at this link explaining what to do if you have symptoms at any time