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
Are you getting enough sleep?
By Angela Kerrisk from Activate Fitness We have all heard the phrase “routine is the killer” however for many of us who, on a daily basis, stretch ourselves thin wearing a variety of different hats, simply creating a specific and sustainable routine will separate the successful and organised from the stressed and overwhelmed. Incorporating a […]
By Angela Kerrisk from Activate Fitness
We have all heard the phrase “routine is the killer” however for many of us who, on a daily basis, stretch ourselves thin wearing a variety of different hats, simply creating a specific and sustainable routine will separate the successful and organised from the stressed and overwhelmed.
Incorporating a routine helps to bring direction and structure, and as Craig Ballantyne so wonderfully put it in his book ‘The Perfect Day’; “Structure = Freedom”.
In our childhood, we became accustomed to a bedtime routine. In fact, those of us who are parents go to great lengths to create this routine for our own children, knowing the benefits it brings. However, as we moved into adulthood, that same routine was thrown out the window by the demanding world of school and full-time work.
Sleep and health are locked together. When we improve our sleep, we have better energy, mood, and recover easier from exercise. When we sleep better it helps us to make better nutrition choices because sleep regulates our hormones. Yet it’s one of the first things we sacrifice in order to get through our full to-do list. Whatever these or our end goal is, jeopardising our health seems to be counterproductive and also just a little crazy! Why is it that as adults we stray so far away from one of the very foundational rituals that can keep us feeling grounded?
So how much sleep do you need? About six to eight hours is good but the exact number depends on the person. No matter who you are, you’ll feel worn out if you don’t get enough.
Here are some suggestions to help you achieve greater balance and a sound night’s sleep:
It takes a long time for caffeine to get out of your system, so avoid it late in the day. Typically, have your last caffeinated drink 10 hours before your bedtime.
Physical activity reduces stress and improves sleep. One exception is not to do a hard workout right before bed as it might be tough to wind down for a while afterwards.
Turn off screens well before bedtime. Bright screens can mess with your body’s sleep mechanisms, so turn off TV’s, tablets and smartphones earlier in the evening. Take the dog out, brush your teeth, get into your pyjamas, and get into bed before the time you want to be asleep.
Brain dump for the next day:
Spend 5-10 minutes each night writing a list of to-do items to ensure you hit the pillow feeling organised and in control.
Set out your clothes the evening before:
This small task can save you a lot of last-minute rushing. Take the extra five minutes now when you have it.
Cool, dark and quiet:
When it comes to sleep, you want it cool, dark and quiet. Adjust the temperature or get a fan going, hang some blackout curtains and try to reduce any noise near your bedroom.
Buy an alarm clock:
This will help you to avoid being distracted by notifications should you wake and check the time in the middle of the night. Set an alarm right now for tonight. When it goes off, start your evening routine so you get into bed on time for a good night’s sleep!
Here at Activate, we promote and encourage balance to ensure we are living a happy and healthy life. Sleep is one very essential and key component of this. We hope these tips help you get some much-needed rest! When you combine great sleep with sound nutrition and solid training, you’ll feel amazing and make more progress toward your goals.
Kerry Stars “pursuing dream to build own sports centre”
By Sean Moriarty Kerry Special Olympics Club is still pursuing its dream to build a sports centre in Derreen, a senior club official has confirmed to the Killarney Advertiser. The club has identified a site, with support from Kerry County Council, between the existing Killarney Legion and Killarney Celtic sports grounds. However, the project remains […]
By Sean Moriarty
Kerry Special Olympics Club is still pursuing its dream to build a sports centre in Derreen, a senior club official has confirmed to the Killarney Advertiser.
The club has identified a site, with support from Kerry County Council, between the existing Killarney Legion and Killarney Celtic sports grounds.
However, the project remains on the long finger as the club has been concentrating on the safety of its members throughout the pandemic.
The delay prompted Cllr Donal Grady to ask Kerry County Council if it had any plans to build houses on the site.
Mr Grady asked the question in the context of making sure the land did not go to waste and not in opposition to any plans by Kerry Stars.
“The site referred to was originally identified as a potential site for development as a specific sports facility. That project has not materialised,” a Council official said.
“Kerry Stars had been in contact with Kerry County Council regarding use of the site, and it was expected that further communication would be received from them in the very short-term. As yet, Kerry County Council is awaiting further communication and will liaise directly with the Kerry Stars group before we can give consideration to use of the lands under the ‘Housing for All’ housing plan.”
However, Kerry Stars chairman John Spillane said they still “have every intention of pursuing our dream of have our own sports centre”.
“The location makes perfect sense, it is the sports hub of Killarney and all the clubs there could help and learn from each other.”
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