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New community hospital: Is it happening or not?

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Plans for a new community hospital in Killarney are in the final design stages and a planning permission application was due to be submitted by the end of June.

That is according to a report that the Health Information and Quality Authority published this week on current activities at Killarney Community Hospital.

The report was published on Tuesday this week, the same day the newly elected Killarney Municipal Council met of the first time.

In the course of the meeting Cllr Maura Healy Rae asked: “To ask Kerry County Council and the Department of Health, what is the current update regarding the provision of a new community hospital in Killarney.”

As such, this means that Kerry County Council needs to write to the Minister of Health to get an update on the project.

However, official Kerry County Council planning application paperwork seen by the Killarney Advertiser reveals that there was no planning applications made on behalf of the HSE up to June 28.

“There is a lot of fudging going on,” Cllr. Healy Rae told the Killarney Advertiser after the meeting. “I am calling on the government not to back to down on a promise that we would have a new hospital by 2021 and that other projects would not suffer as a result of the cost overrun on the Children’s Hospital in Dublin.”

The new hospital cannot come soon enough. The report published on Tuesday did not paint a pretty picture of current goings on a the hospital.

Limited availability of single rooms for end of life care; limited privacy and noise and lack of space in multi-occupancy rooms were just some of the issues highlighted in a report published this week on dementia patient care across the hospital’s three sites.

The centre, located on Rock Road is registered to provide long term, respite, palliative and dementia care for 96 residents.

Resident accommodation is spread across three separate units; Fuschia which can accommodate 22 residents, Hawthorn which can accommodate 36 residents, and Heather which can accommodate 38 residents.

Inspectors carried out an unannounced inspection focused on the care of residents  at the hospital in early April this year.

Inspectors met with residents, relatives, the provider representative, the person in charge, the two Assistant Directors Of Nursing, nurses, care staff, activities staff, support staff and numerous other staff members.

The inspectors found that residents’ overall healthcare needs were met and they had very good access to appropriate medical and allied healthcare services. The quality of residents’ lives was generally enhanced by the provision of a choice of interesting things for them to do during the day and an ethos of respect and dignity for residents was evident.

It follows a previous inspection in October last year. Certain objectives from the previous report where not met.

Inspectors found thatthe Health Service Executive (HSE) failed to take all necessary action to improve the privacy and dignity of residents and that a comprehensive review of occupancy levels was not carried out to inform the profile and number of residents who could appropriately be accommodated in the centre.

Long-term residents continued to be accommodated in situations which adversely impacted their daily quality of life, privacy and dignity following a reduction in the number of residents accommodated in the centre, the registered provider had failed to ensure that the space created by the reduced number of residents was utilized in all cases to enhance the quality of life and privacy and dignity of the remaining residents.

Inspectors found gaps in documentation and a care plan for a resident that suffered seizures was not sufficiently detailed to direct care. Gaps were seen in wound care documentation where a section was left blank for staff to retrospectively document wound care given which does not follow with best practice on documentation.

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Can you talk your way to fitness?

By Brian Foley from Activate Fitness Recently, our team at Activate was talking about the regular check-ins we do with our clients. We try to sit down with each client in person at least once every six months, if not once a quarter, and see how they are doing. If we can’t get them to […]

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By Brian Foley from Activate Fitness

Recently, our team at Activate was talking about the regular check-ins we do with our clients. We try to sit down with each client in person at least once every six months, if not once a quarter, and see how they are doing.

If we can’t get them to sit down with us, we’ll at least touch base via Zoom or phone. Text messages aren’t adequate to really understand how someone is doing and progressing as we help them towards their health goals, so we don’t count those.

What’s interesting is how difficult it can be sometimes to track down and set up a time to catch up with clients. In passing, it’s simple, but those conversations aren’t as focused and usually don’t allow us to get into why someone is or is not seeing the progress they need. So many times it’s something we all know we need to do, but to sit down and have a real conversation with someone about how they are doing can be tough, or even intimidating depending on the situation.

People start with us knowing we want to provide accountability, guidance, education, and motivation to help them accomplish their goals. But, when it comes down to the accountability portion, it can be difficult to want to talk about things that may not be going as planned.

However, when we look back at our most successful clients – those who have accomplished or are accomplishing what they set out to do when they started with us – they are the ones who actually seek us out to sit down and get help. When we ask them about their goals or if they have time, they are excited to catch up and see what they can improve. Or, they are asking us to help even before we reach out to them.

Those clients have not always had it easy either. Post lockdowns there were a lot of people re-orienting their schedule and lives and trying to make sense of what their goals needed to be. I personally had quite a few heavier conversations with people as we stepped through a plan to “reset” and get into a habit that fit their adjusted goals and schedules. Without those conversations, we may not have been able to help people as much as we are able to (thankfully).

ACCOUNTABILITY

For every area of your life; family, marriage, friendships, work; having accountability, a source of quality guidance, and motivation is as absolute must if you want to improve or progress. We can do some things alone, but we can do most of those things far better with others who have been there before or who can walk with us as we step through our journey towards our goals.

If you are looking to improve at anything in life, be it professionally, or with your health and fitness, the first step is to acknowledge where you are and then seek out a trusted source of information to help you clarify and align the moving parts to ensure you can get to where you want in the timeframe you want.

It’s why we start every member at Activate with a free consultation and why we continue to talk to our members. If we don’t know where you want to go, how can we help you get there? “Going to a gym” is fantastic and will be of huge benefit to your health, going to a gym that is invested in your journey multiplies this power exponentially.

So, no, you can’t “talk your way to fitness”, it takes many hours of work and consistency, but starting your journey with a good honest talk and someone in “your corner” will ensure you start – and continue – in the right direction.

To have a chat about your health and fitness goals, visit www.activate.ie and find out more.

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Former footballer to launch new book

By Sean Moriarty Former Senior Kerry footballer and ‘Dancing with the Stars’ winner Aidan O’Mahony will be in Eason on Saturday to sign copies of his new book. The Rathmore man enjoyed a distinguished career in the green and gold jersey, making 70 championship and 85 league appearances for Kerry between 2003 and 2017. In January 2017, […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Former Senior Kerry footballer and ‘Dancing with the Stars’ winner Aidan O’Mahony will be in Eason on Saturday to sign copies of his new book.

The Rathmore man enjoyed a distinguished career in the green and gold jersey, making 70 championship and 85 league appearances for Kerry between 2003 and 2017.

In January 2017, O’Mahony won the RTÉ ‘Dancing with the Stars’ series with professional dancer, Estonian Valeria Milova.

His new book ‘Unbroken’ is an account of the discipline it takes to be part of one of the country’s most successful Gaelic football teams. It is also a story of managing external and internal expectations and pressure, and of the importance of knowing when to ask for help.

“I am really looking forward to meeting everyone next Saturday, great to finally release my book and I hope people enjoy it,” he told Killarney Advertiser.

O’Mahony’s Killarney book signing will be the first of many around the country in the run up to Christmas.

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