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Health Matters 81 west // gallery + Pictured are staff working in the new clinic for patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) at Galway University Hospitals. L-R: Dr Valerie Byrnes; Dr Ramona McLoughlin; Aine Keogh, Staff Nurse; and Prof. Larry Egan. The clinic provides consultations, diagnosis, access to investigations, dietary advice and ongoing management of IBD including access to new drugs in clinical trials. The clinic is staffed by consultant and trainee gastroenterologists, nurses and dieticians. + To mark Eating Disorders Awareness Week, the HSE ’s Sligo/Leitrim and Donegal Mental Health Services raised awareness of eating disorders with an information event. Entitled ‘Nobody is Perfect’, the information event was open to health professionals and members of the public and was addressed by Dr Ed O’Mahony, Consultant Psychiatrist in Sligo and Jacinta Hastings, Chief Executive Officer of BodyWhys (the national voluntary organisation supporting people affected by eating disorders). + At the presentation of certificates to Community Nurses from Galway and Mayo on completion of the Community Oncology Nursing Programme at University Hospital Galway in January were (front row L-R): Helen Armstrong, Palliative Care, Castlebar; Fidelma Mullarkey, Achill; Dr Susan O’Reilly, Director, National Cancer Control Programme; and Anita Fannon, Ballinasloe. Back row (L-R): Mary Prendergast, Balla, Mayo; Breda McLoughlin, Kilkelly/Kilmovee, Mayo; Barbara Folan, Rosmuc, Galway; Helen Rutledge, Ballina; Helen Martin, Portumna, Galway; and Cheryl McDonagh, Galway City East Primary Care Centre in Doughiska. + In November, the first theatre admission lounge in the country was officially opened at Galway University Hospitals (GUH). L-R: Karl Sweeney, Clinical Director for Surgery, GUH; Dr Bairbre Golden, Anaesthesia Lead, Anaesthesia and Surgical Clinical Programme; Prof. Frank Keane, National Clinical Lead, Anaesthesia and Surgical Clinical Programme; and Dr Jennifer McElwain, Consultant Anaesthetist, GUH. The photo was taken in the corridor outside the theatre admission lounge in the theatre block at UHG. + Staff of the Civil Registration Service in St Camillus Hospital, Limerick pictured at the launch of a new national online booking appointment system. This system allows couples to book notification appointments of their intention to marry or intention to register a civil partnership online. In the Mid Western area, there are nine locations providing a Civil Registration Service and all locations have been configured to facilitate online appointments. + NCHD poster presentation gold medal winner from Letterkenny General Hospital Annual Research Symposium, Dr A. Mutwalia, Consultant Nephrology, pictured accepting the prize on behalf of the Renal Unit, Letterkenny General Hospital with Dr Ken Mulpeters, Consultant Geriatrician, and Charles McManus, Chairperson for the Research Day, Medical Education Director at LGH.


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