‘Fire-fighting’ coronavirus contact tracing hub in UCC stood down for now

Posted in Governance and administration on June 20th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“One of the country’s largest HSE contact tracing hubs has been stood down with reassurance that it will be ready to go at moment’s notice if there is a second wave. Professor Ivan Perry, the dean of public health at University College Cork (UCC), who helped the HSE establish the facility on the grounds of UCC, said the vital ‘fire-fighting’ role played by staff at such centres during the pandemic should underline the need for more investment in public health infrastructure …” (more)

[Eoin English, Irish Examiner, 19 June]

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University of Limerick will not charge rent for arena

Posted in Governance and administration on June 19th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Despite its serious financial difficulties, the University of Limerick is not charging the HSE for use of the University’s Sports Arena as a temporary hospital, the Limerick Post has learned. The arena has been transformed into a €1 million field hospital to treat non-Covid patients and free up bed capacity at University Hospital Limerick (UHL) …” (more)

[David Raleigh, Limerick Post, 18 June]

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Cork landlords urged to get strict on parties

Posted in Governance and administration on June 14th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Gardaí, Cork City Council, and the HSE have called on landlords in Cork’s university precinct to help reinforce public health guidelines and crack down on house parties. In a joint letter to 40 landlords who own some 200 properties in the area, the three statutory bodies also ask landlords to tell their tenants that such party activity can directly endanger the health of vulnerable people in the community or in their own circle of friends …” (more)

[Eoin English, Irish Examiner, 13 June]

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Student nurses deserve to be paid

Posted in Governance and administration on May 12th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The current pandemic situation has brought us all to a standstill. It is at times like this that we truly realise the value of our frontline staff: the various nurses, doctors and other healthcare workers who are going out to face this everyday. Imagine for a second that you’re in this position, imagine how worried you’d be, going into work everyday, afraid that you’d fall ill. Now imagine that you’re not even being paid for this work …” (more)

[Chloe Mant, Trinity News, 12 May]

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UL students involved in contact tracing

Posted in Life on April 15th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Students of the region’s main university have been involved in contact tracing in the fight against COVID-19 saying ‘the lists are long’ but they are hoping to ‘make a difference’. University of Limerick, in partnership with the HSE, has set up the UL Virtual Hub with over 50 senior health sciences students trained to engage in contact tracing …” (more)

[Clare Champion, 15 April]

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Plans Advanced For UL Temporary Hospital

Posted in Governance and administration on April 13th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Plans are well underway for the development of a large Intermediate Care Facility (ICF) on the floor of the main gymnasium in the University of Limerick’s Sports Arena. It is expected that this temporary facility will be kitted out to accommodate between 120 and 164 patients, depending on staffing, on the basis of a Health Service Executive template in line with a similar one planned for City West in Dublin …” (more)

[Dan Danaher, Clare Champion, 13 April]

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Limerick’s UL Arena to have up to 164 beds for Covid-19 patients

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

Ireland“A call to action is being issued for healthcare workers ahead of the opening of a major intermediate care facility in the sports hall at the UL Arena which will potentially accommodate up to 164 patients who have contracted Covid-19. It is anticipated that work on the facility, which will primarily be a step-down and rehabilitation facility, will begin within the next week to 10 days …” (more)

[Aine Fitzgerald, Limerick Leader, 11 April]

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Six staff at Trinity College earned over €300,000 each last year

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

“Six members of staff at Trinity College Dublin (TCD) earned more than €300,000 each last year. No staff members earned above that limit the previous year. According to the university’s annual accounts, the top earner at the college received between €360,000 and €370,000 in 2019. In common with other universities that have medical schools attached, the top earners would be academic medical consultants and their pay is set by the HSE …” (more)

[Gordon Deegan, Irish Times, 10 April]

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University of Limerick delivers 100,000 visors to protect health workers amid Covid-19

Posted in Governance and administration on April 10th, 2020 by steve

“100,000 face visors are being delivered to the HSE after University of Limerick designed them using a 3-D printer. The project was carried out in conjunction with University Hospital Limerick and also includes the refinement of a shield used during patient intubation and ventilation …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 10 April]

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Fourth-year nursing students to be paid more

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

“Fourth-year nursing students who are currently working as interns in hospitals are set to be paid more, the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation has confirmed. In an update to its student members the INMO said that the Department of Health and the Health Service Executive had clarified that fourth-year interns, who were earning less than Healthcare Assistants (HCAs), will now be paid on the HCA salary scale …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 7 April]

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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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