Dialysis, like much of healthcare, is all about numbers. The numbers may be examined on a yearly, quarterly, monthly, or weekly basis. Some are checked hourly during each dialysis session. Usually, these hourly numbers are registered and checked by the … Continue reading HSE computer hack has helped mental health for me as a dialysis patient
It would have to happen on the day that Europe went into daylight-saving time, so now that we’re on Irish Standard Time, I was awake at 06:00 to ensure that I would be on the 08:41 train from Portarlington to … Continue reading AstraZeneca jab 1 received this morning
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?
With all the talk about Coronavirus COVID-19, we’ve sensible advice from the Government of Ireland. Please do take steps to stop the spread of the virus. Continue reading Important health information about #Coronavirus #COVID19
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
You can imagine my surprise when I learned that Tullamore Hospital does not have a social worker anywhere in the building. Having benefited from one in Tallaght, I am concerned that there is not one here. Continue reading Social worker needed in Tullamore hospital
Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday I receive dialysis in the Midlands Regional Hospital in Tullamore. As I have some other health issues, in addition to the kidney failure, I am in an isolation room for my treatment. This room overlooks … Continue reading Hospitals are meant to be smoke-free
The Irish Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar TD last week launched the first ever five-day national World AIDS Day campaign in Ireland. This campaign is developed by NGOs and statutory bodies across Ireland in partnership with the HSE Sexual Health & Crisis Pregnancy Programme.
The focus of the Irish campaign is Solidarity with all people living with HIV, both those who know they are living with HIV, and those who don’t. The campaign has been running since 27 November 2015 and will run until World AIDS Day on the 1 December 2015, and aims to raise awareness about the many issues that present themselves for people living with HIV and those at risk of contracting HIV.
The key messages of HIV Visibility, HIV Stigma, HIV Support and HIV Knowledge are being promoted through a social media campaign on Facebook and Twitter asking people to show their solidarity with people who are living with HIV. They can do so by wearing a red ribbon, starting a conversation about HIV with friends and family, challenging HIV stigma and discrimination if they encounter it, or learning more about safer sex and getting tested for HIV. The hashtag for the campaign is #WADirl. Continue reading “#WADirl launched by Irish Health Minister”