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Plans to open community assessment hubs in Kerry and Cork

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As part of the significant response to COVID-19 underway across the entire health system, Cork Kerry Community Healthcare plans to open a number of assessment hubs in the community.

These assessment hubs, including one in Castleisland Primary Care Centre, are for patients who have or may have a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19 when their GP decides they need a face-to-face clinical assessment.

Patients can only access these hubs when referred by their GP.

‘Our aim in setting up the hubs is that anyone who needs a face-to-face clinical assessment can get one in the community, as quickly as possible’, the HSE has said today (Tuesday).

‘This will help patients who need assessment but who do not need immediate hospital care to avoid referrals to acute hospitals where possible. Once seen at the hub, patients may either be asked to return home, to enter isolation or to attend an acute hospital’.

The hubs will be staffed mostly by GPs with the support teams of healthcare professionals including nurses and physiotherapists, with administrative support.

‘We would like to pay tribute to the teams involved in getting these hubs set up and operational for their dedication to patient care. People are working extremely hard to get these hubs ready in a very short time.

‘Our focus in the coming days is to train and enable the staff who will be working in the hubs, and to ensure GPs are aware on how they will make referrals. There will be 120 staff trained by the end of this week across Cork and Kerry’.

The hubs will open seven days a week, with opening hours expected to be from 8.30am to 7.30pm although this will depend on the level of referrals. Patients will only be seen by appointment. It is not possible to make appointments at the hub; this can only be done by your GP or by SouthDoc on Saturday and Sunday.

Other hubs include Cork city – St Mary’s Healthcare campus, Bantry - Bantry Primary Care Centre, Ballincollig - Old Fort Road and at The Gilbert Centre in Mallow.

‘We are working to open the hubs at St Mary’s Gurranabraher at the end of this week, with Castleisland, Bantry, Ballincollig and Mallow into next week’.

 

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Women bravely bare all for Kerry’s first ‘Dip in the Nip’

By Michelle Crean  It really was girl power at its finest – as 170 women of all ages braved the elements on Sunday to bare all for charity at the weekend. Shore Acre in Camp was the location which was only revealed to the participants for Kerry’s first ever ‘Dip in the Nip’. And amongst […]

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By Michelle Crean
 

It really was girl power at its finest – as 170 women of all ages braved the elements on Sunday to bare all for charity at the weekend.

Shore Acre in Camp was the location which was only revealed to the participants for Kerry’s first ever ‘Dip in the Nip’. And amongst the all female grouping were some Killarney ladies who joined in the empowering adventure for what was described as “a special and unforgettable morning” all in aid of Recovery Haven Kerry.

According to Marisa Reidy from Recovery Haven, the women were of all ages and all walks of life who came together for so many personal reasons.

“Some were still on their own cancer journey, some were celebrating coming out the other side and of course, many were there to honour friends and loved ones who they had lost to cancer, but we were all equal on the day – flaws and all,” Marisa, who also took part in the event, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It was a truly uplifting and exhilarating experience and we are so, so grateful to each and every lady who joined us for a morning we will never forget. One woman described it as ‘companionship among strangers’ and that really sums it up perfectly. It was emotional, there were some tears, but lots of laughter and we couldn’t have asked for anything more. When the ladies hit the water, they all formed a circle and held hands in a gesture that was totally unplanned – it just happened organically and it was quite overwhelming.”

She added that a very special mention has to be made to Michaela and John Edwards and their team from Wild Water Adventures for their support and expertise in ensuring no stone was left unturned in making it a fabulous, safe event.

“It was an all-female team from beginning to end, from our own volunteers, stewards, registration, Gardai, teas and coffees, lifeguards, sea rescue – girl power at its finest! Now all that’s left to do is start planning for 2022!”

Donations are still being taken via the link on the Recovery Haven Kerry Facebook page.

“So far we are close on €9,000 which is just fabulous.”

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Double the car fun at Killarney Racecourse

A new collaboration between Killarney Valley Classic and Vintage Club and Cars n’Coffee Killarney was hailed a success by event organisers. On Sunday last, between 250 and 300 cars went on display at Killarney Racecourse. The range of cars covered everything from vintage, classic, retro and modern from a 1936 Rolls Royce to a 2017 […]

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A new collaboration between Killarney Valley Classic and Vintage Club and Cars n’Coffee Killarney was hailed a success by event organisers.

On Sunday last, between 250 and 300 cars went on display at Killarney Racecourse.

The range of cars covered everything from vintage, classic, retro and modern from a 1936 Rolls Royce to a 2017 Mercedes Benz AMG.

It was the first time that the local vintage club and the Cars n’Coffee team came together to run an event and it could pave the way for similar such occasions in the future.

“The event attracted a huge cross section of car enthusiasts from all different age brackets which was very important,” Killarney Valley Classic and Vintage Club’s Tom Leslie, who was one of the main organisers, said.

“The owners were there with the bonnets of the cars open and proud as punch of what they were showing. There was a huge amount of public there and loads of new members signed up to our club.”

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