Funding granted for range of healthcare projects across Donegal

first_imgMinister for Health Simon Harris TD, has announced the successful applicants for the €20 million Sláintecare Integration fund which includes projects across Donegal.Of the 122, successful applicants 12 were from within Community Healthcare Organisation Area 1 which includes Donegal, Cavan, Leitrim, Monaghan and Sligo).The projects span across Primary Care, Social Care, and Health and Wellbeing. Three of the projects are joined CHO 1 and Saolta Hospital Group initiatives demonstrating the importance of integration of community and hospital services.Within Donegal the following projects were successful:1. Development of a comprehensive Heart Failure Integrated Care Service for the whole of Donegal. This is a joint project between Primary care services and Letterkenny University Hospital. It will result in two teams of nurses one based in the community and one in LUH who will support GPs and practice Nurses to manage heart failure patients. They will support the early diagnosis of heart failure in the community by providing testing to monitor how the heart is functioning. They will support GPs in establishing heart failure registries and clinics. The project will also encompass education of patients and family members to better enable them to manage their heart conditions.2. Establishment of a community oxygen assessment service in Donegal. This will enable patients who have respiratory disease such as COPD to have their oxygen needs assessed and monitored in Primary Care settings. Thus allowing oxygen therapy to be administered accordingly. 3. Supporting individuals with early onset dementia in the Inishowen area. This will be carried out through the provision of a support worker to support both individual’s/family members and carers once a diagnosis of dementia has been confirmed.4. Improving access to healthcare through promoting the use of the HSE Health Passport. This is a joint project between Primary Care and Sligo and Letterkenny University Hospitals. The HSE Health Passport is a communication tool designed to support people with an Intellectual Disability express their needs when in a healthcare setting.5. Establish an Optometry Service within Donegal Primary Care Ophthalmic clinics. The Optometrist will deliver eye care as part of a Primary Care eye Team including Orthoptists, Nurses, Medical Ophthalmologists, Ophthalmic technicians and Administrative staff. Ophthalmic clinics will help reduce waiting lists and enhance delivery of care in a cost effective manner.6. Initiation of Specialist Medical Retina Clinical Services and Intravitreal Injections (injection in to the back of the eye) in Donegal Community Ophthalmic Service. At present all patients in Donegal requiring investigation and management of medical retina conditions of the eye are referred to Sligo University Hospital as they have a dedicated Ophthalmic Unit. Commencing specialist medical retina clinics at St Conal’s Hospital and an injection service at Letterkenny University Hospital would mean that patients no longer have to travel to Sligo for this treatment.7. Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty (SLT) for Community Ophthalmic service Donegal. SLT is an outpatient procedure performed in a single treatment in the clinic which treats the internal drainage channel of the eye. This allows for increased drainage and reduction in pressure in the eye. The development of a SLT service for glaucoma in Donegal will reduce the need for referral to Sligo University hospital. The Chief Officer, for CHO 1, Mr John Hayes welcomed the Sláintecare Integration funding stating “These projects will aid in enhancing and developing services for patients across the five counties. It will aid in the delivery of quality healthcare to the most vulnerable in our health system. I look forward to working with all of the project teams in the implementation of these initiatives”.The Sláintecare Action Plan 2019 establishes the building blocks for a significant shift in the way in which health services are delivered in Ireland. It seeks to deliver on the Future of Healthcare Committee’s vision of a health system in which care is provided in the right place, at the right time, by the right person.These projects will benefit the population through promoting the engagement and empowerment of citizens in the care of their own health. They will enable Health care professionals to scale and share examples of best practice and processes for chronic disease management and the care of older people. Overall they will support the delivery of integrated care and the shift to community care in innovative new ways, helping to reduce and prevent hospital visits.The funding for the 12 projects in CHO 1 amounts to approximately €1.3 million. They cover a number of areas including Respiratory Services, Falls prevention and Management in Older persons, Diabetes Care, Ophthalmic Services, Dementia Support, Access to Healthcare for Individuals with an Intellectual Disability, Chronic Disease Management, Cardiac Failure and Social Prescribing. Funding granted for range of healthcare projects across Donegal was last modified: September 22nd, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalfundingHealthcarelast_img read more

Dark Matter Is Lost in Space

first_imgAstronomers are spending millions on their biggest gamble yet: looking for something that may not exist.Are physicists, astronomers and cosmologists hunting for ghosts?  The lure of being first to discover something big is prompting countries around the globe to spend millions of dollars on expensive detectors deep underground, at the poles, or in space — for what? Particles they can’t describe, have never been detected, and may not even exist. The stakes are high: whoever finds dark matter will gain international prestige. If everyone loses, it will have been an expensive snipe hunt with nothing to show for it. Even worse, cosmologists will have to revise their fundamental theories in major ways.New results from world’s most sensitive dark matter detector (PhysOrg): The results are in from the most sensitive dark-matter detector to date: the LUX (Large Underground Xenon) Detector in the Black Hills of South Dakota. And the answer is: nothing.ESA’s Euclid dark universe mission ready to take shape (PhysOrg): A space-based detector is being built by the European Space Agency, set for launch in 2020. Its method will be to monitor shapes, positions and movements of two million galaxies over time.Monkey King: China’s dark-matter satellite launches era of space science (Nature): China beat the Europeans by launching Wukong (“Monkey King”), a dark matter orbiting observatory. The Chinese think dark matter will be detected by high-energy cosmic rays, but the Europeans aren’t so sure: “We don’t know if this is a better way to search for dark matter, because dark matter has not yet been found.” Science Magazine explains that the search is based on WIMP theory (Weakly Interacting Massive Particles). If they exist and annihilate, they should give off characteristic rays.MACHOs or WIMPs? (PhysOrg): This article lists the five leading candidates for dark matter, including MACHOs (Massive Compact Halo Objects) and the aforesaid WIMPs. May the strongest survive! Other candidates are axions, Kaluza-Klein particles, or gravitinos. Nobody knows what any of these are.XXL hunt for galaxy clusters: Observations from ESO telescopes provide crucial third dimension in probe of Universe’s dark side (Science Daily): Over 100 astronomers are on a hunt for X-rays from large clusters of galaxies. They think the clusters are influenced by the “Universe’s notoriously strange components — dark matter and dark energy.”Did ‘dark matter’ or a star called Nemesis kill the dinosaurs? (The Conversation): This article gives you two occult phenomena for the price of one: destroyers in the form of dark matter or in a hidden star or planet for which there is no evidence. Konstantinos Dimopoulos keeps both options alive while admitting throughout his article there is no evidence for either of them.If they don’t find this dark stuff soon, there’s going to be hell to pay. Someone should count up the millions of dollars spent so far and tell Senator Jeff Flake to promote it to #1 spot in his Wastebook and get it into the talk radio circuit. If they find it, good; we will learn something. But how much time do you give them to look? Till after we’re all dead? What, then, if future astronomers determine it never existed? That would be scandalous! We can’t throw tax dollars down a dark hole forever. Those who are paying should get the results in a reasonable time, or call it off. If astronomers want to continue looking after an agreed-on deadline, let them raise their own money on GoFundMe or something, or find a Russian millionaire willing to throw his own money at it, like the guy did for SETI (7/22/15). But this endless quest for mystical occult stuff is not the taxpayers’ responsibility.(Visited 61 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

South Africa’s sports awards nominees are announced

first_img9 November 2015The nominees for the 10th annual Sports Awards have been announced by the Department of Sport and Recreation.“This is a significant milestone and we’re celebrating the best sporting moments of the past 10 years, best moments of the Sport Awards and the best sport people that this country has produced,” said Minister Fikile Mbalula.“The Sport Awards gives us all an opportunity to pay tribute to those who excel both on and off the field,” he said. “We’re always inspired by our athletes as they continue to push boundaries and reach new heights of excellence.”The nomineesSportswoman of the Year:Ashleigh Moolman-PasioShabnim IsmailBridgitte HartleySportsman of the Year:Greg MinnaarChad le ClosWayde van NiekerkPeople’s Choice of the Year:AB de VilliersAshleigh Moolman-PasioChad le ClosLucas SitholeWayde van NiekerkNational Federation of the Year:Roller SportCyclingBasketballSports Administrator of the Year:Virginia MabasoKaren LoschTim CornishSchool Team of the Year:Oakdale Agricultural High SchoolSt Johns College – Junior Men’s PairHoerskool WaterkloofDeveloping School Team of the Year:Iqhayiya Secondary SchoolMontshiwa Primary SchooLphayizani Indoor Rowing ClubIndigenous Games Team of the Year:Limpopo Drie Stokkies Men’s TeamWestern Cape Iintonga TeamKZN Dibeke TeamRecreational Body of the Year:Isiqalo – Waves 4 ChangeDiepsloot Mountain Bike AcademyPhayizani Indoor Rowing ClubPhotographer of the Year:Gavin BarkerVeli NhlapoMotshwari MofokengSports Journalist of the Year:Bareng-Batho KortjaasDaniel MothowagaeMbali MokokoNewcomer of the Year:Nokwanda HlongwaneJayde Andrew JuliusKagiso RabadaTeam of the Year:Proteas Test Team – cricketLightweight Women’s 2x – rowingSpringbok Sevens – rugbySportswoman of the Year with a Disability:Kgothatso MontjaneIlse HayesPeggy de VilliersSportsman of the Year with a Disability:Lucas SitholeErnst van DykPieter du PreezCoach of the Year:Holger LoschGeoffrey ToyanaGraham HillRoger BarrowVolunteer of the Year:Zelda HansenNkosinathi NgubaneJeremy CampbellThis year’s awards theme is “IzinjaZeGame . The Best for 2015”.“The majority of South Africans can identify with this colloquial phrase which, loosely translated, means that you are the top dog, the best at what you do,” the minister explained. “Our nominees are the best.”Honored to be a nominee for Sportsman of the year. Thanks Razzmatazz for putting on a great show @MbalulaFikile pic.twitter.com/4DUzbgIIVm— Greg Minnaar (@GregMinnaar) November 3, 2015Huge privilege & honour nominated for Sports Woman of the Year & People’s Choice @SASportsAwards 2015! Thanks for the support SA! #proudlySA— Ashleigh Moolman (@ashleighcycling) November 3, 2015PrizesEach category nominee receives R15 000 cash and the winner in each category receives R130 000.The winners of the Sport Star of the Year and People’s Choice Award each receive a luxury vehicle, R500 000 for themselves and R500 000 to donate to a charity of their choice.The awards ceremony will take place on 22 November 2015 at the Sand du Plessis Theatre in Mangaung, Free State.See the sports awards website for more information.SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

A program helping prevent violence among youth is folding

first_imgAPTN National NewsThere are concerns that a Vancouver program meant to help prevent violence among youth is being cut because of federal budget cuts.The national program aimed at re-connecting aboriginal youth with cultural and artistic activities was recently cut in the federal budget.APTN’s Tina House tell’s us many are concerned about what that will mean for those kids who are considered at high risk and vulnerable.last_img