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Killarney pharmacy wins national health literacy award

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CONGRATULATIONS to Haven Kennelly’s Pharmacy of New Street and The Reeks Gateway which has won a coveted accolade. Haven Kennelly’s was awarded the Crystal Clear health literacy mark by healthcare company MSD and the National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA). As such, it is one of the leading pharmacies promoting health literacy in Ireland, helping its customers better understand their medication and treatments.

This programme has been running since 2015 and recognises the critical role pharmacies play in helping patients understand their health issues. So far, 59 pharmacies have been recognised through the initiative for their high standards in patient education.

Two in five (39%) Irish people want doctors, nurses and pharmacists to use more understandable language and less medical jargon. They also would like healthcare professionals to speak less formally (22%) and take more time to explain things (18%). Interestingly, "embarrassment" was ranked as the main reason for not seeking more information from a healthcare professional (24%).

Inez Bailey, director, NALA, said, “Many Irish adults have significant difficulty understanding medication leaflets, impacting their ability to effectively manage their health when faced with complex treatment decisions and information. The Crystal Clear programme is an important investment in the future health of the people of Ireland, ensuring that they can process information effectively and empowering them to make better decisions about their health and wellbeing.”

To be awarded the Crystal Clear Mark, Haven Kennelly’s Pharmacy had to complete an audit across a number of areas to show how their pharmacy was “health literacy friendly” and communicating clearly with customers in accessible ways. Following assessment from NALA, Haven Kennelly’s was found to qualify for this quality mark.

Pharmacies who wish to participate in the Crystal Clear Programme can log on to www.nala.ie/crystalclear to complete the online audit which will identify what they are already doing to support the literacy and numeracy needs of their patients, as well as what they could do better. Those who are successful in completing this audit and meeting the requirements can then apply for the Crystal Clear Mark.
 


 
Finbarr Kennelly, pharmacist, with David Kennelly, his son
Picture: Don MacMonagle

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30 years of Innisfallen Island MassThe annual special concelebrated Mass on Innisfallen Island takes place next week.

Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm. Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by […]

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Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm.

Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by Geoffrey O’Donoghue who sadly died four years after it began.

“There was an Augustinian Monastery on Innisfallen Island and the people, including priests and monks and they say Brian Boro, went out there to study. The lake, Lough Lein is called ‘The Lake of Learning’,” said his wife Mary who carries on the tradition in his memory.

“My husband Geoffrey was a descendent of the O’Donoghues and he wanted to have Mass on the island. The O’Donoghues built Ross Castle and owned the lands and the lake surrounding it which was later donated by John McShane to the people of Killarney. He [Geoffrey] asked one of the friars and one day he got a call from the OPW that there would be a plaque unveiled to John McShane and they asked if the Mass could coincide with it. It was attended by Sr Pauline, John McShane’s daughter.”

She added that all the public are welcome to attend. Boats, which will have a nominal fee to cover their costs, will be carrying passengers out from 4pm onwards.

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Photo of “hidden gem” wins Camera Club’s latest competition

A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition. Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the […]

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A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition.

Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the Novice category, Iryna Halaieva’s photograph of O’Sullivan’s Cascade was deemed the winner.

“A waterfall is my favourite waterbody and long exposure is my favourite photographic technique,” she said. “I do my best to have as many waterfalls as possible in my photo collection. I heard a lot about O’Sullivan’s Cascade and wanted to visit that hidden gem of Kerry. So, shortly before our club competition I went with a friend to Tomies Wood to photograph it. It was a dream come true for me.”

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