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Under pressure hospital cancels scheduled appointments

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Due to the high numbers of patients presenting with flu, COVID-19, and other winter virus infections, management at University Hospital Kerry are calling on the public to seek assistance elsewhere.

Their advice is to go to a local pharmacy, GP or South Doc before attending the Emergency Department this week. Urgent cases however, will always be prioritised for treatment and care.

Patients with scheduled appointments are also being asked not to attend UHK.

The following mitigation measures have been taken:

Deferral of all Outpatient scheduled appointments up to and including Friday, January 20 [Exceptions listed below].

Deferral of Elective Surgery up to and including Friday, January 20 [ *With the exception of time critical surgeries].

Exceptions to the above cancelled clinics are:

Orthopaedic Trauma Clinics
Infusion Clinics
Dressings Clinic
Cardiology Outpatient scans and procedures
Radiology Outpatient imaging/procedures
Virtual Clinics
Antenatal / Maternity Clinics
Oncology and Palliative Care Clinics
Colposcopy and Hysteroscopy Clinics at Cíll Ide
Endoscopies [Time critical will proceed]

Other than the above listed clinics, University Hospital Kerry is kindly requesting that patients do not attend scheduled outpatient and elective surgery appointments unless they receive a call to advise otherwise, from UHK staff.

Any cancelled appointments are being rescheduled and if patients have an urgent query in relation to an appointment, they should the relevant Consultant’s secretary.

Visiting is currently restricted to compassionate cases only. UHK Management and staff would like to thank the public in anticipation of their co-operation with these arrangements.

According to the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation, 838 patients were on a trolley in Irish hospitals today (Wednesday).

No hospital is unaffected by overcrowding with patients on trolleys or chairs in emergency departments or elsewhere in each of the hospitals.

“It is time for the Government to call this what it clearly is – an out and out crisis," INMO General Secretary, Phil Ní Sheaghdha who is originally from Ventry, said.

“When nurses who are at the frontline dealing directly with patients and often the ones apologising to patients and their families on behalf of the State because of the chaotic conditions are calling on the Government to take action including, but not limited to, the immediate cessation of all non-urgent activity and the introduction of a time-limited mask mandate, then it must not continue to fall on deaf ears.

“Our members are treating patients in the most undignified conditions. This is not the type of care they should be providing in a country that has the resources to provide additional capacity and support.
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“Nurses and other healthcare staff cannot continue to weather this storm without adequate support and protection from their employer, it will add to the increasing intention to leave of staff which is exactly what this health service does not need.”

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Trilogy of comedy on offer by Dóchas Drama

By Sean Moriarty Dóchas Drama Group will present a series of three short comedy plays next week. All three plays are written and produced by Dóchas and will be acted […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Dóchas Drama Group will present a series of three short comedy plays next week.

All three plays are written and produced by Dóchas and will be acted out by the group’s members.

The opening act, ‘Flossing Around’ is written by Ger Madden and directed by Brian Bowler.

“A woman has an innate fear of the dentist. We go on the journey with her as she faces her fears, with hilarious consequences,” explained the group’s Liz Ryan.

This will be followed by ‘Faraway Hills’ which is written by Mary Quirke and directed by Michael Mills.
It is a tongue in cheek look at family life.

“A son wants to get away from small town life. His mother wants to keep him at home but his father can’t wait to see the back of him,” added Liz, who plays the mother in this short play.

Brain Bowler wrote the third instalment called ‘A Little Visitor’ which is directed by Ryan Jones.

“There are lots of misunderstandings when a hypochondriac visits a group of doctors who have other things on the their minds,” added Liz.

The run, which will feature all three performances each night, starts Wednesday next week and continues Thursday and Friday (February 8 to 10) at the Killarney Avenue Hotel. Tickets are €10 and are available at the door.

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Killarney secures three gold medals in national business awards

Three hotels in Killarney have won gold medals at the Virgin Media Business Gold Medal Awards. Now in its 33rd year, the awards the best of the best in the […]

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Three hotels in Killarney have won gold medals at the Virgin Media Business Gold Medal Awards.

Now in its 33rd year, the awards the best of the best in the hotel and catering sectors across the country.

This year, judges received over 460 entries from 150 hotels, guest houses, country houses, restaurants, cafés, bars and catering companies from around Ireland.

“An important factor in the Gold Medal Awards is the credibility and impartial nature of the judging process. Every property that undergoes this process is subject to benchmarking against a strict set of criteria and a blind site inspection conducted by the judging panel,” said an event organiser.

“This panel comprises respected industry experts from across the hospitality, culinary and catering sectors.”

Three Killarney hotels took top awards in different categories at the awards ceremony held at the Galmont Hotel and Spa in Galway on Tuesday night.

The Great Southern Hotel was named as the best Business and Conference Hotel in Ireland.

“To be recognised among the greatest hotels in Ireland is a marvellous achievement for Great Southern. It is fantastic news and has provided all our staff with a little morale boost. Our Business & Conference partners and customers are extremely important to us with some relationships in place annually for over 30 years. Receiving this recognition for the service we provide is a fantastic achievement and testament to the incredible work of our outstanding staff,” said Michael Jacobi Managing Director said.

The best front of house team award went the staff at the Aghadoe Heights Hotel and Spa.

In the Hotel Casual Dining Experience category the Dunloe Hotel and Gardens came out on top.

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