UCC’s School of Nursing transformed into HSE Oncology Day Service during COVID-19 crisis

Posted in Governance and administration on April 7th, 2020 by steve

“University College Cork has made a premises available to the HSE to facilitate treatment for vulnerable cancer patients during the COVID-19 crisis. Ordinarily the School of Nursing and Midwifery, UCC uses its simulation centre to facilitate and support student learning. However over the last few weeks UCC and the HSE have worked together to enable the provision of onsite clinical services at the centre, which will now be used to deliver chemotherapy to patients with cancer …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 7 April]

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HSE and Dundalk IT Team Up To Deliver New Covid-19 Drive-Thru Testing Facility

Posted in Governance and administration on March 27th, 2020 by steve

“The HSE and Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) have teamed up to deliver a new drive-thru Covid-19 testing facility which will become operational from today. The sampling service is being provided on an appointment-only basis and only those who are displaying symptoms and have been referred (to the drive through or clinic) by their GP will be seen …” (more)

[Talk of the Town, 27 March]

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Schools, universities to remain shut until after Easter holidays

Posted in Governance and administration on March 25th, 2020 by steve

“Schools and universities will not reopen until after the Easter holidays, the Government has said. The Government confirmed that all guidelines on closures will be extended, with the hope that schools will reopen in May or June …” (more)

[Aoife Moore, Irish Examiner, 25 March]

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Call for student nurses to be paid for placements during crisis

Posted in Governance and administration on March 23rd, 2020 by steve

“Student nurses and midwives completing unpaid placements during the Covid-19 pandemic should be taken on as paid employees during the crisis, the head of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) has urged …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 23 March]

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‘Times are strange and we’re being thrown right in’: Student nurses joining the frontlines in Covid-19 crisis

Posted in Governance and administration on March 23rd, 2020 by steve

“From this month, hundreds of student nurses across the country will begin their unpaid work placements amidst the coronavirus outbreak that is putting unprecedented spotlight and pressure on our health services …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 23 March]

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UCC, CIT willing to open their facilities to HSE in virus fight

Posted in Governance and administration on March 23rd, 2020 by steve

“Both University College Cork and Cork Institute of Technology want to work with the HSE in the face of the global health crisis. CIT told The Echo it has provided the HSE with details of its premises and is standing by with possible staff allocations, if necessary, while UCC said it is ready to assist with any needs identified by the health service …” (more)

[Darragh Bermingham, EchoLive, 22 March]

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First call centre outside HSE set up at UCD to provide coronavirus support

Posted in Governance and administration on March 22nd, 2020 by steve

“UCD is operating the first call centre outside the HSE to provide test results, information and advice to people who have had COVID-19 tests and to gather information on close contacts for tracing purposes …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 22 March]

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Medical Students Remain On Placement Despite Covid-19 Threat

Posted in Governance and administration on March 22nd, 2020 by steve

“Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, nursing students claim they are facing difficulties in remaining on hospital placement. UCD and the HSE are insistent they continue with their placements. Medical students must complete mandatory ‘placements’ in Irish hospitals in order to progress through their degree, consisting of practical work in a clinical setting. In a statement from a 2nd year nursing student who wishes to not be named; the Tribune has been told of a ‘miscommunication’ from UCD on the decision to continue running medical placements …” (more)

[Luke Murphy, College Tribune, 22 March]

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UCC confirms second coronavirus case

Posted in Governance and administration on March 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork (UCC) has confirmed its second case of Covid-19. Students were informed via email that a student has contracted the virus and contact tracing is underway. They did not specify the department the student was in. They said anyone deemed to have had close contact with the student is being contacted directly by HSE Public Health and people do not need to make contact with them …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 18 March]

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DCU campus accommodation may be made available to HSE if COVID-19 pandemic worsens

Posted in Governance and administration on March 18th, 2020 by steve

“DCU campus accommodation may be made available to the HSE on an emergency basis if the COVID-19 pandemic worsens. Residents living across the three DCU campuses received an email this evening informing them that emergency response procedures have been put in place that may include making some accommodation blocks available to the HSE at short notice …” (more)

[Áine O’Boyle, The College View, 17 March]

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Colleges’ lab staff and medical students to be drafted in to help fight virus

Posted in Governance and administration on March 18th, 2020 by steve

“Irish universities and colleges are now being recruited by the Government to help in the desperate battle against Covid-19. Experienced medical staff and laboratory technicians are crucial as Ireland’s healthcare system battles to contain the spread of the virus …” (more)

[Ralph Riegel, Herald, 18 March]

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DCU car park could be used as location for drive-thru COVID-19 testing

Posted in Governance and administration on March 16th, 2020 by steve

“A Dublin university could be one of the locations used in the capital for drive thru COVID-19 testing. If the plans go ahead, the Dublin City University campus in Glasnevin will be establishing the coronavirus swabbing centre in one of its car parks …” (more)

[Laura Lyne, Dublin Live, 16 March]

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IUA Statement: Universities coordinate contingency planning for dealing with spread of Coronavirus

Posted in Governance and administration on March 11th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The seven universities represented by the IUA are implementing risk mitigation measures across our campuses and are developing detailed contingency plans to respond to the evolving Coronavirus crisis. Our absolute priority is to protect the health and well-being of our staff, students and visitors …” (more)

[IUA, 11 December]

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Staff, Students Returning from ‘At Risk’ Areas Face Two-Week Ban from Campus

Posted in Governance and administration on March 7th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Staff and students returning from areas identified as ‘high risk’ will be banned from the College for two weeks after they arrive back in Ireland, Trinity announced tonight, in a move to reduce the risk that the disease will spread …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 6 March]

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Provost Confirms Coronavirus Case in Trinity

Posted in Governance and administration on March 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity has its first confirmed case of the coronavirus, the College announced tonight. In an email sent to staff and students tonight, Provost Patrick Prendergast wrote that the College was informed of a positive case of coronavirus ‘late on Thursday night’ …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 5 March]

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Coronavirus Threat Leaves Open Possibility of Trinity Ball Shutdown

Posted in Governance and administration on March 5th, 2020 by steve

“The fate of this year’s Trinity Ball could be up in the air due to the coronavirus threat, with College leaving open the possibility that the ball could be shut down if the HSE’s surveillance taskforce advises it …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 4 March]

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DCU bringing students back from China to Ireland due to coronavirus fears

Posted in Governance and administration on January 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A Dublin university has asked its students based in China to return to Ireland due to the spread of the coronavirus. DCU has a number of students that are based in China for the 2019/2020 academic year, though none are based in the Hubei region which is at the centre of the virus …” (more)

[Orla Dwyer, TheJournal.ie, 29 January]

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Free Condoms for Third Level Students

Posted in Governance and administration on November 6th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Dr Helen Deely, Acting Assistant National Director for HSE Health and Wellbeing, talks to Mary about the HSE’s announcement that it will make condoms and sexual health information freely available to third level students nationally.” (mp3)

[RTÉ – Drivetime, 6 November]

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Dublin universities send warnings to students over mumps outbreak in the capital

Posted in Governance and administration on October 25th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Warnings have been issued to university students in Dublin after the HSE confirmed that mumps cases have increased as students return to schools and colleges. Earlier this month, the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC), Ireland’s specialist agency for the surveillance of communicable diseases, confirmed that the national mumps outbreak that started in 2018 is still ongoing …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 25 October]

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10 third-level students have their say about mental health

Posted in Life on August 27th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“On Tuesday, a report published by the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) – and funded by the HSE – claimed that one third of students are experiencing ‘extremely severe levels of anxiety’. The National Report on Student Mental Health in Third Level Education surveyed students on their experiences with mental health and mental health services …” (more)

[Damian Cullen, Irish Times, 27 August]

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