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Visitor restrictions in place at University Hospital Kerry due to rising COVID cases

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Due to the continuing increase in COVID-19 numbers, University Hospital Kerry (UHK) has had to revise its visiting arrangements. 

Over the past number of months, the hospital had re-instated visiting arrangements on a safe and structured basis in recognition of the importance of visiting for patients and their families.

However, COVID cases are on the rise with the 14 day incidence for Kerry currently trending at 430.6. The consequence of this high incidence rate is that UHK has a significantly increased number of COVID-19 inpatients at the hospital along with a high level of emergency presentations.

UHK Management say they have taken the difficult decision to revise visiting arrangements in order to protect patients, their relatives and staff.

The following restrictions are currently in place:

General Wards: One visit per patient per week [to be agreed with the ward manager and relevant Consultant, in advance of visiting]. Additional visiting will be facilitated on compassionate grounds. UHK Visiting Co-ordinator shall co-ordinate visits and can be contacted on 087 1138053. Visiting outside of the designated times will be on compassionate grounds only.

Maternity: Accompanying partner arrangements unchanged presently. Supportive person can attend for Antenatal appointments and labour. No children to attend maternity services.

Palliative: Visiting will be facilitated by prior arrangement in order to protect patients and staff.
All visiting arrangements will be reviewed weekly.

"University Hospital Kerry empathises with and understands that this announcement will make it difficult for many families, however our priority is to continue to keep your loved ones safe while in the care of UHK, as well maintain the safety and well-being of staff at the hospital. We would like to remind the public that UHK has in place some alternative means of keeping contact with loved ones."

Keeping Contact Initiative: UHK has set up a specific email address so that patients can receive direct messages. Communications from friends and family can be of great comfort to patients during these times and can be emailed to: uhk.keepingcontact@hse.ie.

Be sure to include on the subject line the Patient’s Full Name, Ward Name (if known) and the first line of the patient’s home address.

Virtual Visits: UHK have an initiative to facilitate Video Calls using WhatsApp on Digipads for patients who do not have smart phone/devices. Please contact Ward Manager/Nurse in Charge to request a video call with your loved one.

"UHK would like to extend a very sincere thank you in anticipation of the public’s co-operation with these arrangements."

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How to have the best skincare routine at home

By Jill O’Donoghue from Killarney Toning and Beauty Studio Home care is essential for glowing, youthful skin. It’s like brushing your teeth, it must be done twice a day. Step […]

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By Jill O’Donoghue from Killarney Toning and Beauty Studio

Home care is essential for glowing, youthful skin. It’s like brushing your teeth, it must be done twice a day.

Step one: Cleanse to remove sweat, oil, dirt and other pollutants that your skin naturally collects throughout the day and night. It’s the first step in your skincare routine and shouldn’t be rushed.

How to do it; Cleanse your skin in the morning and in the evening to keep your pores clear and your face fresh. Your cleanser may vary based on skin type, but with all cleansers, the general consensus is to apply them using an upward, circular motion so as to prevent wrinkles from forming. Make sure your hands are clean in order to prevent excess dirt from entering your pores.

Step two: There is a lot of confusion around toner, and when you’re first establishing a daily skincare routine, it may even seem unnecessary. But most experts agree that toning is an important addition to your skin care routine with beneficial effects for your skin. After you cleanse your skin of impurities, toner removes any residue left behind by the cleanser as well as any make-up or oils your cleanser might have missed. The added cleansing effects help prepare your skin to absorb moisturiser and minimise the appearance of pores. Some toners may have PH balancing and antiseptic effects as well. Apply toner right after you have cleansed your skin while it is still damp. The best way to apply it is with a cotton pad or cotton ball, simply soaking cotton pad with toner and wiping upward and out, starting at your neck.

Step 3: Exfoliate. Our skin is constantly shedding millions of skin cells every day, but sometimes those cells can build up on the surface of our skin and need some extra help to be removed. Exfoliating removes these dead skin cells that have accumulated in our pores. If you struggle with blackheads, acne or breakouts, you’re not going to want to miss this step.

It’s best to exfoliate after toning and before moisturising. You should exfoliate one to three times a week, but this depends on your skin type and how it reacts to exfoliation. Experiment and find what works best for you. There are chemical exfoliators and granule exfoliators such as your traditional sugar or salt scrub. Both can be effective tools for removing dead skin cells, but chemical exfoliating ingredients like AHA and BHA are often more effective in getting deep into your pores and removing buildup.

Properly cleansed skin will allow your next steps e.g. serums and moisturisers get to the right layers of the skin where they will be most effective.

For a skincare consultation or more advice just ask Jill on 064 6632966.

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Annual Christmas motorbike charity road run launched

The Kerry Bikers are hosting their annual Christmas Bike Run on December 18. The event will raise funds for St Francis’ Special School at St Mary of the Angels in […]

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The Kerry Bikers are hosting their annual Christmas Bike Run on December 18.

The event will raise funds for St Francis’ Special School at St Mary of the Angels in Beaufort and Eagle Lodge in Tralee.

Now in its sixth year, the run, which is organised by an amalgamation of several Kerry motorcycle clubs under the banner of Kerry Bikers, will visit Killarney.

The run gets underway at 10.30am from Tralee. The first stop off is in Sheahan’s Centra on the Muckross Road where the Tralee group will be joined by local motorcyclists before setting off on a yet to be decided route.

“We will announce the route in Killarney. Last year we went to Killorglin, Farranfore and Castleisland. This year Abbeyfeale and Listowel may be in reach and if so we will make donations to Nano Nagle Special School too,” organiser Dave Foley said.

Over one hundred motorcycles are expected to take part in the run. Last year the full convoy measured 1.6km from start to finish.

“We hope to exceed that this year,” added Foley

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