€280,000 for Cork healthcare organisations – Buttimer

28th October 2015

This funding will make a significant difference in the provision of healthcare services in Cork. Each of the groups that will receive funding is fulfils an important community and social function, helping to support individuals and families.

Over 70 healthcare and social care organisations are set to receive funding of over €1.2 million under the latest round of National Lottery Grants from the Department of Health.
The Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar today (Wednesday) announced that eight healthcare-related and social care services in Cork will receive a total of €282,000 under the latest round of National Lottery Grants.

This the second announcement this year, in which the Department of Health provides once-off grants to organisations for healthcare-related and social care services.

Some of the local organisations set to receive funding include:

  • LINC is to receive €100,000
  • Cork Counselling Services will get €30,000
  • Blood Bike South in Carrigaline will receive €7,000
  • Oakdene House is to receive almost €4,000

This funding will make a real difference to groups, volunteers and of course their clients in communities throughout Cork. The grants will help to provide equipment, upgrade facilities and provide health-related services.

The applications for the 2016 Department of Health National Lottery Grants will open in January 2016.

Posted under Carrigaline, Cork, Cork City, Health, National Work

New regulations give access to life saving medicines – Buttimer

Thursday, 15th October 2015

  • New regulations for emergency access to certain prescription-only medicines.

141009 Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Conference 001I am delighted that these new regulations will give access to life saving medicine in emergency situations.  For the last four years I have worked with an excellent and dedicated team in UCC, led by Professor Jonathan Hourihane, campaigning for this change.  Their commitment to providing a safer campus has been central to achieving this much needed reform.

The new regulations will allow life-saving rescue medicines, including adrenaline (epipens) for severe allergic reactions, to be administered by trained Pharmacists and trained lay persons in emergency situations. This will make access to adrenaline for the treatment of anaphylaxis more easily available at times and in settings where it is most needed.

Allergic reactions are not the only emergency situation that will be covered by this change. The new regulations will apply to a range of medicines affecting different conditions. It will mean easier access in emergency situations for people with angina, asthma attacks and diabetic hypoglycaemia among others. Also Entonox, will now be available for the management of severe pain, when used by emergency rescue organisations such as mountain rescue teams.

These are significant changes that can and will save lives. The new regulations will allow organisations such as colleges, workplaces and sports venues to hold these medicines and arrange for staff to be trained in their use. This is very welcome reform and it recognises the efforts of many who have campaigned for this change.

Posted under Cork, Health, National Work

Decision to fund MS drug will have life changing effects

Friday, 4th September 2015

  • HSE approves funding for Fampyra, a drug used to treat Multiple Sclerosis.

This is fantastic news and I very much welcome this decision by the HSE, which will benefit many people diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Fampyra has a very positive impact on many people and the decision to fund the drug will change the lives of those people.

Over the last year or more I have met with people with MS and their families. It has been obvious that Fampyra has had a positive impact for many people and it has had a transformative effect on their lives. When trials of the drug ended last year they were very concerned, but now the decision by the HSE to award funding will be reassuring for them.

Fampyra has had a huge impact on the lives of patients with a certain strain of MS. It helps with mobility and walking speed, and also has an impact on hand function, allowing those with the disease to carry out routine functions much more easily. Both the HSE and the manufacturer, Biogen, have been in negotiations for some time, and this positive outcome will benefit many people.

Posted under Health

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