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Published: 22 June 2023

Health Matters Summer 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 Summer edition of the Health Matters magazine.

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

NAS presents bravery award to teen who kept friend alive with CPR

Teenager Noah Winders has been honoured for his heroic that saved the life of his friend by administering CPR to him during a basketball match. The Castleknock teen, who is fully trained in CPR, carried out chest compressions on his teammate Charlie Rutter until the arrival of the emergency services during the incident at St Vincent’s Basketball Club in Glasnevin in 2022.

Almost a year on, Charlie has had an internal defibrillator fitted and has come through his mock Junior Certificate exams, and is doing well.

Moving to a new structure with Health Regions

Our health service is being restructured into 6 Health Regions. We have started to transition to Health Regions this year. To begin this transition, the CEO decided to expand the HSE Centre Executive Management Team and create a Senior Leadership Team. This team is made up of Hospital Group CEOs and Community Healthcare Organisation Chief Officers. This paves the way for the further transition to Health Regions

Integrated care allows patients and service users to access health services more easily, no matter where they live. It also makes it easier to deliver more joined-up care. It is a system of care where patients’ needs come first.

Health Regions are a crucial step in an ongoing process to reduce barriers to integrated care. By improving our structures and working more closely together, healthcare providers, public health professionals and community organisations can address the challenges our system faces and improve overall health outcomes for everyone.

Pathfinder launched in the North West

HSE NAS has expanded the service designed to reduce unnecessary Emergency Department attendances for older people.

Welcoming the introduction of the service to Letterkenny, Sean Murphy, hospital manager, Letterkenny University Hospital, said,

“We are pleased to be able to o„ er this service to suitable older people in our local communities. Through the Pathfinder Model, many older patients can be safely and appropriately managed in their own home rather than being transported to the ED for assessment when they dial 112/999.

Pathfinder aims to reduce congestion in busy EDs and makes for a better environment for patients and staff on the floor whilst improving overall flow through the ED. The service enables increased ED capacity to care for other patients, by supporting this cohort of complex, frail patients at home.”

Sean Murphy, hospital manager, Letterkenny University Hospital

Healthy Communities Programme

Healthy Communities Programme aims to ‘create communities where people can thrive.’

2 more areas have joined the growing Sláintecare Healthy Communities Programme, an initiative set up to deliver increased health and wellbeing services in 19 areas of greatest need across Ireland.

Lord Mayor of Dublin Caroline Conroy visited the Finglas Youth Resource Centre to officially launch Finglas and Cabra as a Sláintecare Healthy Community site. It followed the launch of the programme in Cherry Orchard and Ballyfermot at a community event in the Ballyfermot Civic Office.