an exhibition of which Belfast can be very proud

The story that is told by the exhibition that I was visiting this afternoon is one that has been told many times before. It one which is drawing great crowds of visitors to Belfast – it is a story of great success but also of great tragedy.

The exhibition is that in the Titanic Belfast centre in the Titanic Quarter of Belfast. The centre looks out on the slipways where RMS Titanic and her sister ship RMS Olympic were built.  Continue reading “an exhibition of which Belfast can be very proud”

HIV healthcare workers – response from NI Department

Hearing the news that the UK Department of Health is relaxing the current restrictions on healthcare workers living with HIV working in the NHS, I contacted the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, the DUP’s Edwin Poots MLA, asking what plans he had for introducing this here in Northern Ireland. Whilst I was having my complementary therapy at Positive Life, a response arrived in my inbox. I was informed of the statement made by a DHSSSPS spokesman earlier today, The Department is aware of the position taken by the Department of Health in England in relation to HIV … Continue reading HIV healthcare workers – response from NI Department

Complementary therapies – releasing the tension

Northern Ireland’s only HIV-dedicated support organisation, Positive Life, has recently launched a research report highlighting the positive benefits that complementary therapies can have on the physical, emotional, psychological, and social wellbeing of people living with, or affected by, HIV. The research, carried out by the Institute for Conflict Research shows that complementary therapies can have a clear benefit to mental health, helping people feel better able to challenge the negative thought processes they may have regarding living with HIV. “…in the immediate days after my treatment I feel my thoughts are clearer and it’s only after coming here that I … Continue reading Complementary therapies – releasing the tension

Your wee country needs you – to stand up for human rights.

Later this evening, the Northern Ireland football team will play their Russian counterparts at Windsor Park. Nothing particularly strange with this, it is a game that was put off from earlier in the year in March, when we had lots of snow. What is crossing my mind is how many Northern Ireland fans could show their support for tolerance and human rights by going with rainbow flags, or wearing something rainbow coloured to brighten up the home team’s support? Why should we do this? The simple reason is here in Northern Ireland we benefit from basic human rights that are … Continue reading Your wee country needs you – to stand up for human rights.

Back to work I go… an interesting day ahead!

By anyone’s standards, the past week and the weekend now drawing to a close has been a very busy one. Together with Andrew and as part of Faith and Pride I have been responsible for nine events within Belfast Pride Festival. Tomorrow I am heading back to work for the first time since Christmas as my GP has said that I should have a phased return to work from 1 July. Hopefully it won’t be too taxing – though since it there is a motion before the NI Assembly regarding the Social Development Minister, Private Members’ Business Call for an … Continue reading Back to work I go… an interesting day ahead!

Perhaps the Electronic Care Record can help us stop brushing HIV under the carpet in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland is not that large, yet we have had many, many different systems for record-keeping within the Health & Social Care system. Historically, each hospital had slightly differing forms, and of course each hospital had its own number for you as well as a record of your health while there. To me, in a country the size of Northern Ireland this is sheer madness. It could be that one consultant in one hospital did not know what another consultant in another hospital was prescribing, or even what he thought was wrong with you. All this seems set to change, … Continue reading Perhaps the Electronic Care Record can help us stop brushing HIV under the carpet in Northern Ireland