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Published: 23 October 2023

Health Matters Autumn 2023 edition


Print editions of Health Matters can be ordered by emailing with your HSE office address and the number that you would like to receive.

Welcome to this year’s Autumn edition of the Health Matters magazine.

These are some of the stories you can find in this edition:

HSE-funded advanced fertility treatment services

Funded advanced fertility treatments are available for people who meet certain access criteria.

Treatments include:

  • Intrauterine insemination (IUI)
  • In vitro fertilisation (IVF)
  • Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI)

If you’re experiencing fertility problems, talk to your GP. Your GP can refer you to your local Regional Fertility Hub for tests and treatments if needed.

If IUI, IVF or ICSI is recommended and you are eligible, the hubs can refer you to a HSE-approved fertility clinic of your choosing.

Recommended fertility treatments are free if you meet the access criteria.

Read more about funded advanced fertility treatment services

Mum Laura talks about breastfeeding her new twins

Laura Tighe, mum to twins, Neasa and Culainn, who were born on 6 January in Sligo University Hospital at 37 weeks and 5 days, shares her experience.

Laura met Lynn Cunningham, the Infant Feeding and Lactation CNS at Sligo University Hospital, before her twins were born, which the Sligo mum found of great support to her, particularly in the beginning.

“Lynn was a huge support because if you questioned yourself she confirmed that you were doing the right thing and she would give you advice on how to do it better.”

Read Laura's full story on page 8 of the Autumn edition of Health Matters

Our Climate Action Strategy

The HSE aims to deal with the growing health impacts of climate change by reducing emissions and becoming a more sustainable healthcare service. The HSE Climate Action Strategy will help us achieve this goal.

The strategy focuses on 6 main areas:

  • Sustainable buildings and the green environment
  • Transport and mobility
  • Sustainable procurement
  • Greener models of healthcare
  • Water and waste management
  • Adaptation and resilience

The Strategy builds on ongoing work within the HSE led by Peter Smyth, Assistant National Director, HSE Capital and Estates and his team in the Capital and Estates Climate Action and Sustainability Office.

Read more about the HSE Climate Action Strategy 2023 – 2050

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