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Public Health Nurses still supporting parents and communities

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Cork Kerry Community Healthcare is reminding new parents and parents of younger children that they can contact their local Public Health Nurse for support if they have any concerns about their child’s development.

Public Health Nurses provide child health screening, developmental surveillance, key health messages and support to parents from birth.

While public health nurses are still visiting new babies and their parents after their discharge from maternity hospitals, a number of other scheduled early childhood appointments have been paused.

The purpose of these early childhood appointments is to carry out a developmental assessment to see if your child is growing and developing skills that are suitable for their age and similar to children of the same age. It also allows parents and guardians an opportunity to discuss any concerns they may have and to refer your child to other healthcare services if required.

Regrettably due to COVID-19 restrictions and related demands on services, child vision and hearing checks for Junior and Senior Infant pupils, are paused. Immunisation clinics, including HPV (human papillomavirus) are also delayed. Clinics will recommence once current Level 5 restrictions are withdrawn. Initially these clinics will address the appointments postponed during previous lockdowns.

"While these developmental assessments are paused, there are still plenty of activities which parents can do at home with their children to support their development,”  Public Health Nurse for South Lee, Aine O'Sullivan, said. “We also recommend that you look at the HSE website mychild.ie, where there’s lot of very useful and easy-to-follow advice about child development at different ages, nutrition, safety in the home, dental health, speech and social and emotional development"

Parents and guardians can access useful books on mychild.ie.

The My Child 0-2 year book is at www2.hse.ie/wellbeing/child-health/my-child-0-to-2-years.pdf

My Child 2 to 5 years is at www2.hse.ie/wellbeing/child-health/my-child-2-to-5-years.pdf

In addition, parents should still contact their GP to arrange visits for their vaccines at two, four, six, 12 and 13 months. These important vaccines protect babies from serious infectious diseases.

If you don’t have your PHN’s phone number or if they have been redeployed, you can contact your local Public Health Nursing Department on 066 7184555.

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Artists invited to showcase work at Wine and Art night

It’s back – and not before time – the hugely popular Killarney Rotary Club evening of Wine and Art will return this November. The pandemic enforced its absence and now […]

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It’s back – and not before time – the hugely popular Killarney Rotary Club evening of Wine and Art will return this November.

The pandemic enforced its absence and now every effort is being made to make up for lost time.

Widely regarded as one of the social highlights of the year in Killarney, this year’s gathering will take place in the Great Southern Killarney on Wednesday, November 30, commencing at 7.15pm.

Tickets, which will be available at the door, are priced at €20 and all proceeds raised on the night will go to deserving local charities and community organisations.

Over the years the evening of wine and art has raised tens of thousands of Euro for great causes and the 2022 proceeds will be of enormous benefit to the chosen groups.

This year, once again, the event is being held in association with Daly’s SuperValu and supported by Killarney Brewing and Distilling Company.

Rotary Club President, Rayla Tadjimatova, has appealed to all artists who might like to showcase their work on the night to get in touch with club members, as soon as possible, to guarantee inclusion.

“We are reaching out not only to artists who have supported the event in the past but to any new artists who wish to take the opportunity to place their work in front of a very appreciative local audience of up to one thousand people on the night,” she said.

Those interested should email killarneyrotaryclub@gmail.com as soon as possible.

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Gardai seek whereabouts of missing Kerry teen

Gardaí are asking the public for their help in locating a 15-year-old teenager. Nicolas O’Sullivan has been missing from Ballyvelly, Tralee, since Monday (October 3). He is described as being […]

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Gardaí are asking the public for their help in locating a 15-year-old teenager.

Nicolas O’Sullivan has been missing from Ballyvelly, Tralee, since Monday (October 3).

He is described as being approximately 6ft in height, of a slim build with brown hair and green eyes. When last seen Nicolas was wearing grey tracksuit bottoms and a black hoody top. He was also carrying a black bag.

Anyone with information on Nicolas’ whereabouts is asked to contact Tralee Garda Station on 066 710 2300, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.

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