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Health service to “ramp up” testing with 32 sites in the coming days

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By Michelle Crean

The latest HSE briefing of COVID-19 this afternoon (Tuesday) revealed that 32 test centres are to be introduced around the country in the coming days.

Currently community testing centres are being prepared as well as Defence Forces naval ships to accommodate the huge demand in testing.

They said that the HSE’s procurement department has secured a lot more Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for the coming weeks for GPs who have been experiencing delays.

At present there are 500 ICU beds, 500 existing ventilators, with a further 1000 for respiratory support.

They confirmed that they have secured a further 300 ventilators, with a further 100 per week to be delivered in the coming weeks as they’re finalising contracts with two key vendors.

However, they also added that they could potentially run out of swabbing equipment by Thursday, depending on demand - but should be OK as a delivery is due that day.

The current waiting time for COVID-19 testing is several days due to “pent up demand” but they are asking people to be patient.

They said that tests should only be carried out when clinically needed.

There’s also been a huge surge in calls over the weekend clogging up the 999/112 service, which is a “real concern”.

Over the weekend the contact centre, which normally handles 500 calls a day, received 124,000 calls.

The advice is not to ring 999 or 112 - as they won’t be able to deploy a resource without having been referred through a GP or medic.

And although they have “ramped up” the call centre capacity the advice is to contact your GP in the first instance.

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Additional Flat fixture for Killarney Races next week

Horse Racing Ireland has announced there will be an additional Flat Meeting at Killarney next Monday (October 10). This meeting will close for entries by 12 noon this Wednesday (October […]

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Horse Racing Ireland has announced there will be an additional Flat Meeting at Killarney next Monday (October 10).

This meeting will close for entries by 12 noon this Wednesday (October 5) with declarations to run to be made by 10am this Saturday (October 8).

The race programme details for this fixture are on the HRI RAS website www.hri.ie.

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Lee Strand awarded Gold in Sustainability Programme

Lee Strand was recognised once again for their exceptional performance and commitment to sustainability with Gold Membership at the Origin Green 2022 awards. Origin Green is Ireland’s food and drink […]

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Lee Strand was recognised once again for their exceptional performance and commitment to sustainability with Gold Membership at the Origin Green 2022 awards.

Origin Green is Ireland’s food and drink sustainability programme led by Bord Bia – The Irish Food Board. Gold Membership is awarded to companies who demonstrate an exceptional annual performance on their sustainability targets.

“We are delighted Lee Strand is recognised once again with the prestigious Origin Green Gold Membership for our commitment to sustainability,” Gearoid Linnane, CEO said.

“In Lee Strand environmental management and sustainability are key elements of our business model, from launching 100% renewable cartons, to reducing water usage and energy efficiency. This is a great achievement by our sustainability team who are continually striving for higher levels of environmental excellence. We would also like to thank Veronica Kennelly from the Munster Technological University who assisted Lee Strand in the development of our Origin Green plan.”

Origin Green continues to evolve to ensure Bord Bia is helping Irish food and drink companies to remain up to date with the evolving needs of trade customers and their consumers, globally. With the introduction of the Origin Green credits system in early 2022, it is now easier to identify members who are performing at a high level or excelling in their sustainability performance.

To retain ongoing membership of Origin Green, companies must subsequently submit an annual review to demonstrate clear progress against the established targets and initiatives set. This annual review is subject to an independent third-party review by their verification authority Mabbett. This ensures minimum programme requirements are consistently met and maintained. Companies receive credits for their performance in areas such as raw material sourcing; water and energy efficiency; waste reduction; packaging; and social sustainability. Origin Green has established five different membership tiers based on company size and turnover, so that a real diversity of industry is reflected in the overall Gold Membership.

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