Message to Staff from Mary Day, CEO, Ireland East Hospital Group - 5 June 2020

Dear colleagues, Over the past week we have continued to work with our hospitals on site preparedness for the resumption of normal service, taking account of the infection control and social distancing measures that will now be necessary in the re-adaption of our services. We are compiling numerous business cases, in endoscopy, ophthalmology and cancer, amongst other areas, to plan for how our system will live with COVID-19 in the weeks and months ahead. As a Group, we are lobbying for additional funding to meet current and future needs, with a particular emphasis on the prioritisation of capital development and capital investment. It is necessary that we secure this funding as soon as possible as we are already beginning to witness emergency admissions and delayed discharges increasing across our sites and a steady return to pre-COVID levels of activity.

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Message to Staff from Mary Day, CEO, Ireland East Hospital Group - 29 May 2020

Dear colleagues, As you are aware, the focus for our hospital group and health service has now shifted to the resumption of normal service, while still operating within the context of COVID-19. We have started to experience an increase in non-COVID work, however normal service will take on a different aspect in the short to medium term and as a Group we are working with our hospitals to determine the impact and implications of the virus on various facets of health service delivery, including revenue, beds, labs, estates, and patient flow.

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Message to Staff from Mary Day, CEO, Ireland East Hospital Group - 21 May 2020

Dear colleagues, On Monday, the government introduced the first phase of its plan to ease lockdown measures and return Irish society to a working level of normality again. It is incumbent on us all to continue to abide by the public health advice, both in our personal and professional lives, and ensure that we continue to lower the reproduction number (R number) of the virus to the greatest extent possible.

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Message to Staff from Mary Day, CEO, Ireland East Hospital Group - 15 May 2020

Dear colleagues, As normal service is resumed, and we start to see an increase in patient flow across our hospitals, it is vital that our health service strives to ensure we do not return to the levels of overcrowding previously experienced in our system. It must be a priority that we continue to develop robust pathways of care, in collaboration with our community partners, and ensure that the number of delayed transfers of care continue to stay low.

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Message to Staff from Mary Day, CEO, Ireland East Hospital Group - 7 May 2020

Dear colleagues, On Friday, the government published its phased roadmap on returning the country to normality over the coming weeks and months, whilst reminding us that we will be continuing to live with COVID-19 for some time to come. Similarly, in the health service, we have started to receive national guidance on how the acute system will return to restarting non-COVID elective services while being cognisant that the global emergency we have faced has altered the healthcare landscape for the foreseeable future.

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Message to Staff from Mary Day, CEO, Ireland East Hospital Group - 30 April 2020

Dear colleagues, As mentioned last week, as we move into the next phase of this public health crisis, the Ireland East Hospital Group (IEHG) is working with its hospitals to develop a recovery plan which will take account of a ‘new normal’ in health service delivery and allow us to resume operations while continuing to live with COVID-19. Through our Clinical Academic Directorates (CADs) and clinical speciality groups, our plan (which will be submitted to the Acute Hospital Division) will examine the impact of COVID-19 on manpower and infrastructure across the system.

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Message to Staff from Mary Day, CEO of the Ireland East Hospital Group - 24 April 2020

Dear colleagues, Over the last couple of months, we have had to employ every possible resource available to us to rise to the challenge of this unprecedented public health emergency. It has been incredibly difficult for us all and yet we have seen the COVID-19 crisis act as a catalyst for many innovative practices and new ways of working across our health system.

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Message to Staff from Mary Day, CEO, Ireland East Hospital Group - 17 April 2020

Dear colleagues, This week has brought home to us the unique challenges faced by our healthcare workers on the front line of this crisis.

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Message to Staff from Mary Day, CEO, Ireland East Hospital Group - 10 April 2020

Dear colleagues, This week’s good weather and the arrival of the Easter holidays have brought home to us all how much we would appreciate being able to get outside, take a trip over the long weekend, or spend time with those closest to us. This year unfortunately we cannot celebrate as we normally would.

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IEHG is Now Recruiting for Two Specialist Post-Acute Care (SPAC) Units

As part of the Ireland East Hospital Group response to COVID-19, we are recruiting staff for two dedicated Post-Acute Care facilities in St Mary’s Hospital, Phoenix Park and St. Mary’s, Mullingar, Co Westmeath.

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Message to Staff from Mary Day, CEO, Ireland East Hospital Group - 3 April 2020

Dear colleagues, It has been another challenging week for our staff and hospitals as the number of people testing positive for COVID-19 continues to increase across the country, as well as the demand for critical care beds.

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We're Hiring - Job Opportunities Available Through IEHG Staff Bank

The Ireland East Hospital Group (IEHG) is currently recruiting Nurses and Midwives through its Staff Bank. Apply today!

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Message to Staff from Mary Day, CEO, Ireland East Hospital Group - 27 March 2020

Dear colleagues, Allow me to begin by thanking each and every one of you once again for the incredible work you have done in preparing for this unparalleled public health crisis and the leadership and selflessness you have demonstrated across the board, regardless of your area of service or expertise.

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Message to Staff from Mary Day, CEO, Ireland East Hospital Group - 20 March 2020

Dear colleagues, The past 2-3 weeks have been very difficult for the health service and there is no doubt that we are facing into unprecedented challenges for some time to come. However, I am so proud of the work that you have done so far and it is clear that the public is truly grateful for your efforts.

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PUBLIC NOTICE: Visitor Restrictions in Place Across all IEHG Hospitals

The Ireland East Hospital Group (IEHG) has put visitor restrictions in place in all of its hospitals until further notice as a precautionary measure in order to protect the safety of patients/staff and to help prevent the spread of infection. We regret any distress or inconvenience these measures will cause to patients and their relatives.

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IEHG Statement on SIPTU Industrial Action - Wednesday 26 June 2019

November 24, 2017

The Ireland East Hospital Group and our hospitals regret that industrial action by SIPTU, currently underway, is affecting patient and client services. Industrial action involving a significant number of our staff who make an essential contribution to the effective running of our health services every day is taking place at the following IEHG Hospitals.

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Meet IEHG at Nursing & Midwifery Jobs Fair - RDS Dublin - 30 March 2019

November 24, 2017

IEHG will be attending the Nursing & Midwifery Jobs Fair at the RDS, Dublin on 30 March. We want to hear from you!

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IEHG PUBLIC INFORMATION NOTICE: Irish Nurses & Midwives Organisation (INMO) Industrial Action

November 24, 2017

The Ireland East Hospital Group (IEHG) has received notice of strike action from the Irish Nurses & Midwives Organisation (INMO). The first day of strike action is scheduled for Wednesday January 30th 2019 at 8am to Thursday 31st at 8am. Additional strike dates are notified for February 5th, 7th, 12th, 13th and 14th.

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Regional Hospital Mullingar Launches First-Of-Its-Kind Weight Management Guide

November 24, 2017

On Thursday 30 August, Regional Hospital Mullingar launched its 'Guide to Managing Your Weight', the first of its kind by a hospital in Ireland. This easy-to-use booklet was produced as a joint initiative between the Physiotherapy and Nutrition & Dietetic Departments at the hospital and gives practical advice to managing weight. Currently no resource like this exists, incorporating dietetic and physiotherapy advice to help people manage their weight. It is not a weight loss, diet or exercise workout guide, but rather a guide to living a healthy lifestyle on a day-to-day basis and managing your weight by following the simple yet effective guidelines outlined.

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IEHG Holds First Activity-Based Funding (ABF) Showcase Event

November 24, 2017

On 19 July last, the Ireland East Hospital Group (IEHG) held its first Activity-Based Funding (ABF) Showcase Event at the Catherine McAuley Education Centre on Nelson Street. The event was designed to showcase the successes achieved so far by IEHG hospitals in developing an ABF committee, and to promote knowledge sharing across our hospitals.

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IEHG to Host GDPR Workshop - 30 April 2018

November 24, 2017

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into force on 25 May 2018, replacing the existing data protection framework under the EU Data Protection Directive. To help in working through the elements around GDPR, a workshop on the implementation of GDPR for the Ireland East Hospital Group (IEHG) has been organised. The workshop will take place on Monday 30 April 2018 in Cappagh National Orthopaedic Hospital from 10.30 to 15.15. This workshop is open to all relevant staff in IEHG hospitals but is particularly aimed at service managers / clinical leads across the service.

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IEHG Ambulatory Emergency Care (AEC) Masterclass

November 24, 2017

On 12 January 2018, Ireland East Hospital Group (IEHG) were delighted to welcome the NHS Ambulatory Emergency Care (AEC) Improvement Team to deliver a Masterclass on AEC and to share collective learning on improving the delivery of this model of care. Great strides have been made in same-day emergency care across the NHS over the last few years and the Ambulatory Emergency Care Network has played an important role in supporting organisations to achieve sustainable changes within their systems.

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Ireland East Hospital Group (IEHG) Celebrates a Year of Lean at First Annual Lean Transformation Summit

November 24, 2017

On 15 December 2017, the Ireland East Hospital Group (IEHG) hosted their first international Lean Summit, Adopting Lean for Healthcare Transformation, at Farmleigh House in Dublin. The year-end summit enabled IEHG to share their collective Lean transformation vision for the Group, as well as the stories to date from staff and patients who have engaged with Lean process improvement methodology in various IEHG hospitals. The summit was also an opportunity to hear from international partners who have supported IEHG on this journey to date and who are also on a similar journey using Lean to transform their services. These included Elaine Mead, CEO of NHS Highland, Alicia Schulhof, Senior Vice President of the Transformation Office at Indiana University Health (IUH), and Dr. Byron Scott MD, Deputy Chief Health Officer, Simpler Consulting, IBM Watson Health and also Board Member for the American Association for Physician Leadership. Over 100 delegates from across the Group’s 11 hospitals engaged in the day-long informative sessions.

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Publication of National Patient Experience Survey

November 24, 2017

The first ever National Patient Experience Survey in Ireland was published today 11 December 2017. A partnership between the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA), the Health Service Executive (HSE) and the Department of Health, the National Patient Experience Survey was a nationwide endeavour asking people for feedback about their stay in hospital. All adult patients discharged during May 2017 who spent 24 hours or more in a public acute hospital and had a postal address in the Republic of Ireland were asked to complete the survey. Almost 14,000 hospital patients participated in the survey, a very positive response rate of 51%.

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Ireland East Hospital Group Annual Town Hall

September 9, 2016

On November 21 2017, the Ireland East Hospital Group held its 3rd Annual Town Hall. This Town Hall was the most successful and well attended. We thank everyone from across the Group and our hospitals for making the effort to attend what proved to be a very positive and informative session. This year’s Town Hall was hosted by the Catherine McAuley Centre on the Mater Hospital Campus where Tom Lynch, Chairman of the Ireland East Hospital Group, welcomed staff and senior executive teams from across the Group.

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IEHG Service Improvement Team host masterclass on ‘Clinicians Leading Change and Improvement’

November 24, 2017

On 20 September 2017, the IEHG Service Improvement team hosted a masterclass entitled 'Clinicians Leading Change and Improvement' at the Catherine McAuley Centre on Eccles Street. The event was an opportunity to learn from the extensive experience of invited guest speaker Dr Paul DeChant and his achievements over the years in Lean process improvement, in particular addressing issues of burnout among Healthcare professionals.

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World Class Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) Lab Opens In Mater Misericordiae University Hospital

November 24, 2017

On Friday, 15th September the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, a part of the Ireland East Hospital Group, launched the opening of their new state-of-the-art Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) Laboratory. The new Gene Sequencing Equipment was donated to the Mater Hospital by Shabra Charity keeping the promise of the late Oliver Brady, co-founder of the charity and popular businessman and horse trainer.

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Ireland East Hospital Group Leaps into Healthy Ireland Planning with Workshop & Lecture from Donal O'Shea

September 9, 2016

The development of the IEHG Healthy Ireland (HI) Implementation Plan is underway. Guided by the HI Strategic Priorities (Health Service Reform, Chronic Disease Prevention and Management, Workforce Health and Wellbeing) and the 60 Actions (smoking, healthy eating, physical activity, alcohol, wellbeing and mental health, healthy childhood, positive ageing) at hospital level in the national HI Implementation Plan. The IEHG Plan will focus on the development of a supportive environment, as well as initiatives to support staff and patients.

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Cancer Research - The Patient Voice

September 9, 2016

Facilitators at UCD The Patient Voice in Cancer Research: (back row l to r) Elaine Kelly (patient advocate), Ann Cody (Health Research Board), Patrick Slevin (INSIGHT), Sharon O'Toole (St James Hospital); (front row l to r) Claire O'Connell (freelance journalist), Marie-Ennis O'Connor (patient advocate) and Robert O'Connor (Irish Cancer Society).

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