All haemodialysis machines have tubes that take blood away from the body of the patient and tubes that return the blood after it has been cleaned. For ease of identification, many machines clearly mark these as red (from the body … Continue reading Not being colour-blind, blue and red should not be that easy to muddle up…
Being prescribed a new medication always means learning about what side effects there may be, and how the medication should be taken. This is why patient information leaflets are a vital part of the pharmaceutical industry. (However much they annoy … Continue reading Patient information leaflets are important
Yesterday, on 1st March 2021, HIV Ireland hosted a webinar to launch their new Media Reporting Guidelines, to help journalists and editors in how to talk about HIV and AIDS. I was fortunate to be asked to take part as … Continue reading Zero Discrimination Day 2021 marked by launch of Media Reporting Guidelines
On Monday 1st March 2021, I am pleased to have been invited to take part in a panel discussion as a guest of HIV Ireland at the launch of their new Media Reporting Guidelines. To mark Zero Discrimination Day 2021 … Continue reading Launch of HIV Ireland’s Media Reporting Guidelines on 1st March
All through the COVID-19 pandemic, those of us who are receiving kidney dialysis have been told by the HSE in Ireland that we are at very high risk (extremely vulnerable) of serious illness from COVID-19 if [we] are on dialysis … Continue reading Reprioritisation of dialysis patients for the COVID-19 vaccine
Hospitals and healthcare workers are required to take universal precautions to reduce the risk of cross infection from both recognised and non-recognised sources of infection. All the way through my life since I was diagnosed with HIV, I have been … Continue reading Universal precautions mean just that — so why am I being treated differently?
The Irish Government has directed (see the tweet from An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD below) that those over 70 and with a medical condition should not leave their homes from now and up until Easter Sunday. Therefore, my little trip … Continue reading And so into lockdown I go
This afternoon, while on dialysis in Tullamore, I had a visit from the hospital’s complaints manager, Brendan Reddy. He told me he was very impressed with the letter that I had written, especially how it was framed and referenced. I … Continue reading Social worker update