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Save lives by staying at home – says hospital group

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With escalating cases of COVID-19 in the county the South/South West Hospital Group (S/SWHG) are strongly urging members of the public to stay at home and follow the Government’s current COVID-19 guidelines to ensure that they do not contribute to the spread of Coronavirus.

The S/SWHG is urging members of the public to focus on the following: limiting your contacts, not to make any unnecessary journeys outside their 5km radius, hand washing, cough etiquette, wearing masks in public spaces, being aware of and recognising COVID-19 symptoms, and taking the appropriate course of action if symptoms present themselves.

The Emergency Departments across S/SWHG are extremely busy over the last number of days due to people presenting with COVID-19 symptoms and staff who are unavailable for COVID-19 related reasons. Due to this increased level of activity and subsequent admissions, it is regrettable that some patients may experience a delay in the Emergency Department (ED). Therefore management have requested that, where appropriate, the public contact their GP/Out of Hours service in the first instance and explore all other options available to them prior to attending the ED if their needs are not urgent.

The Intensive Care Units across the Group are busy, however Critical Care Capacity in S/SWHG is actively managed as a group resource; thereby ensuring patients always have access to the best possible care setting with inter-hospital transfer as required. The necessary arrangements are in place across all sites to upscale Critical Care capacity should that be required.

Due to the rapid increase in the number of patients with confirmed COVID-19 being admitted to hospitals, all elective work has been suspended across the Group, aside from emergency surgery and only time critical elective cancer surgery are being scheduled.

Management at the hospitals acknowledge that staying at home and staying isolated will be very difficult. Nevertheless, hospitals want to remind people again that they can save lives by staying at home and following the current Government and Public Health guidelines.

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Better late than never Christmas present for St Francis Special School

By Sean Moriarty St Francis Special School received a very late Christmas present this week – a specially adapted bike for the pupils to use. Husband and wife team Ciaran […]

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By Sean Moriarty

St Francis Special School received a very late Christmas present this week – a specially adapted bike for the pupils to use.

Husband and wife team Ciaran and Karen Dwyer, directors of Guerin Engineering and Pumps Ltd in Kilcummin, presented the special adapted bicycle to the staff and pupils at the Beaufort school on Tuesday.

After seeing an online request last December that the school needed the bike, they decided to gift one.

They contacted Glencar Medical, a Dublin-based firm that specialises in the supply of equipment to schools like St Francis, and ordered the bicycle.

However, nothing is straightforward in the current climate, Brexit, COVID and war all contributed to a delay in getting the bike to Ireland. Once it was in Dublin there were further delays in sourcing the special straps that St Francis’ children need to ride the bike safely.

It all came to a happy ending this week when the Dwyers were finally able to present their Christmas present to the school.

“We saw this request and we contacted the school and said we wanted to buy one, they told us where to get one, and we ordered it,” Karen told the Killarney Advertiser.

“We had it paid for by the end of the year but then it took three months to get it into the country. It took more time to import the specialist parts. The costs were increasing but we did not mind at all.”

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Jordan Lee to tell his story to the county’s schools

Paralympian Jordan Lee will share his experiences with schools all over Kerry. The Killarney man has embarked on a countywide tour ‘Jordan’s Drive’ in association with Kelliher’s Garage, a series […]

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Paralympian Jordan Lee will share his experiences with schools all over Kerry.

The Killarney man has embarked on a countywide tour ‘Jordan’s Drive’ in association with Kelliher’s Garage, a series of informal talks on his achievements and how he overcame his disability to reach the top of his chosen sport.

The 21-year-old was born with a foreshortened left arm known as amniotic band syndrome but has enjoyed a successful sports career which included representing Ireland at the Tokyo Olympics last summer.

Now he wants to share his story and inspire other students to follow their dreams.

His tour started last week at Colaiste na Sceilge in Cahersiveen and over the next few weeks, depending on his training schedule, will visit schools in Firies, Milltown, and Killarney.

“Don’t be afraid of people with disabilities or different backgrounds,” he said. “A few years ago there was only typical people in classrooms – you never came across people with disabilities or from various different countries. It is a lot more mixed now. I want to inspire people to treat everyone on the same level.”

‘Jordan’s Drive’ is made possible thanks to his role as a brand ambassador for Kelliher’s Garage, dealer principal, Tim Kelliher explained to the Killarney Advertiser.

“Having got to know Jordan so well over the last couple of years we have come to realise how much of an inspiration he is so we decided to ask him to hop into his Toyota CHR Hybrid and bring his story out into the highways and byways of the Kingdom,” he said.

“Headlined ‘Jordans Drive’ and organised by my marketing team headed by Yvonne McMahon they have travelled to many of the schools around Kerry from Cahersiveen to Beaufort, Killorglin and with other dates planned for Firies and Milltown to name but a few. He has spoken his many words of wisdom to the children who have been in awe of the journey and his achievements, and we at Kelliher’s Garage are delighted and proud to have him as our brand ambassador.”

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