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Kerry ETB thanked for making college available as COVID-19 test centre

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THANKS: Cork Kerry Community Healthcare has thanked the Kerry Education and Training Board for its support in making part of the IT Tralee campus available as a test centre for COVID-19. Pictured were: Dr Patrick Quinn, Principal Dental Surgeon with Cork Kerry Community Healthcare who helped to set up the Tralee test centre, thanking Ioseph Nestor of the Kerry Education and Training Board for that board’s support. Photo: Dominick Walsh

Cork Kerry Community Healthcare has thanked the Kerry Education and Training Board (KETB) for its support in making Kerry College of Beauty, which is part of the Kerry College Monavalley Campus, available as a test centre for COVID-19.

The Tralee community testing centre has been located at Kerry College of Beauty since March, following a decision by the ETB to make the site available to the HSE.

For operational reasons, the centre has now relocated to the grounds of Ballymullen Barracks.

This test centre has been busy as staff assigned there have tested members of the public who have been referred by their GP and have supported mass testing of residents and staff from residential care facilities across Kerry.

“We would like to thank the ETB for their support in providing their Beauty Therapy facility as a venue at very short notice,” Head of Primary Care with Cork Kerry Community Healthcare, Teresa O’Donovan said.

“Their support has been invaluable over recent months and assisted us as we rapidly increased the number of tests being carried out and expanded our testing capacity.”

Ms O’Donovan also paid tribute to the staff working at all four Cork Kerry Community Healthcare COVID-19 test centres across Cork and Kerry.

“We’re very proud of the work of the staff at all four of our test centres across Cork and Kerry. In Tralee, staff got this test centre up and running extremely efficiently which enabled us to meet the demand for testing appointments.”

More than 70 staff across Cork and Kerry were redeployed to COVID-19 test centres in recent months, including nurses, therapy staff from a range of professions, oral health staff, and administrative staff.

The current waiting time to have a swab taken in the Cork and Kerry region remains under 24 hours.

“This is thanks to the huge efforts of the staff involved at every stage of the testing process. We appreciate the efforts of the hard-working staff at all test centres and we wish to thank them for their efforts. They worked tirelessly to set up an extremely efficient testing process, and they also supported the universal screening for residents in residential centres,” Teresa O’Donovan added.

Anyone referred for a test is reminded that while they are waiting for either the test itself or the result, they must self-isolate.

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Fat dissolving injections target stubborn areas

By Jill O’Donoghue from Killarney Toning and Beauty Studio It may sound too good to be true but fat dissolving injections are as effective as the name suggests. They are […]

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By Jill O’Donoghue from Killarney Toning and Beauty Studio

It may sound too good to be true but fat dissolving injections are as effective as the name suggests.

They are administered by our in-house Dr. Micheal Flynn who has been attending our salon for the past 10 years. It is the double chin and neck area that is treated and is suitable for both men and women. If you haven’t heard of fat dissolving, it is a very popular and relatively new treatment that is used to target stubborn pockets of fat on the jaw line and chin area. The injection dissolves and eliminates fat cells in a safe and effective way, making it perfect for dealing with stubborn fat that simply won’t budge with exercise.

The main ingredient is a fat dissolving substance sodium deoxycholate, which is found naturally in the body. This is injected into the treatment area which over time will destroy the fat cells. These are then removed from the body by its own lymphatic system, a complex network that rids the body of unwanted toxins and waste.

It is important to understand that fat dissolving injections are not a weight loss treatment. The injections should only be used on people who are a healthy size or carrying a little extra weight. It’s most effective on the pockets of fat stored under the jawline, known as the double chin, a migration of fat cells from the cheeks to the jaw line.

The injections work at a slow pace. It can take serval weeks for full results, but once it’s gone, it’s gone. The results are permanent, once you don’t gain a massive amount of weight.

The next clinic is Monday August 22. To book an appointment or more information, call Jill on 064 6632966.

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Classic tractor drivers to embark on 400km drive to Killarney

By Sean Moriarty Six members of the Killarney Valley Classic and Vintage Club will set out from County Meath on Wednesday on vintage tractors. They are participating in the annual […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Six members of the Killarney Valley Classic and Vintage Club will set out from County Meath on Wednesday on vintage tractors.

They are participating in the annual Eastern Vintage Club’s Ring of Kerry Tractor Run which is raising funds for the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association.

Over 50 vintage tractors, including the six Killarney examples, will leave Nobber in County Meath at lunchtime on Wednesday.

After an overnight stop in the midlands on Wednesday night and Newcastle West on Thursday night, the tractors are expected in Killarney town centre just after lunchtime on Friday.

The ‘spectacular show’, now a regular feature of the Killarney summer, will bring the town to a standstill for around one hour.

On Saturday morning the group will depart Tony Wharton’s farm in Fossa before a nine-hour drive around the Ring of Kerry.

The run will finish with a spectacular drive through the Gap of Dunloe.

“We hope to pass through town around 3.30pm on Friday,” said local organiser, Tom Wharton, who is one of the six Killarney-based drivers who will undertake the 400km journey from County Meath to Killarney. “It is always a spectacular show.”

On arrival in Killarney, tractors will be joined by a group of classic cars that will depart Nobber at 9am that morning.

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