Published: 19 June 2020
Welcome to this special edition of Health Matters. We pay tribute to our health service and workers who have made phenomenal efforts and sacrifices since the COVID-19 pandemic first hit our shores in late February.
It is a pandemic like nothing we’ve seen in our lifetime. It is changing the way we live now and how we will live in the future. For those working in our health service and other essential services, every day brings a new challenge that has never been faced before. But our staff are meeting those challenges head-on, using kindness and compassion as well as innovation to continue to treat the patients that are relying on them. The dedication to the cause, which has seen many HSE staff members having to live away from their families for weeks on end, is evident across the board. We speak to Aisling McGarrell, a clinical nurse manager in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, who was forced to cancel her wedding plans. But rather than taking off what was supposed to be her wedding day, she opted to join her colleagues on a 12-hour shift.
We take a look at the way technology has transformed the way healthcare is being delivered in many settings, allowing families to speak to loved ones in hospital, giving healthcare staff the opportunity to engage with patients remotely, and even monitor their recovery remotely. The healthcare system has responded
rapidly to the increased demands on it. This is shown in the testing centres and the step-down facilities, added by the work of the Estates division to create additional capacity in facilities all across the country.
Thanks to everyone for their help and contributions to the magazine in these unprecedented times.
Remember to stay safe, protect each other and hold firm
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