Rebuilding Health and Social Care Will be a Massive Undertaking

Health Minister Robin Swann has warned that rebuilding health and social care services will be a “massive and long-term undertaking” The Minister was commenting on the publication of emergency care waiting time statistics for January to March 2020. He stated: “It is well known that attendances at Emergency Departments (EDs) dropped significantly during the COVID-19 [...]

By |2020-06-04T14:28:00+01:00June 4th, 2020|NIH News, Regional News|0 Comments

Minister announces £11.7m care home support package

Health Minister Robin Swann has announced a further £11.7million package of support for care homes – including funding for sick pay for staff. The Minister warned that COVID-19 represents an active and long-term threat to care homes. He also stressed that work is ongoing to ensure lessons from the pandemic are learned and implemented in [...]

By |2020-06-03T13:48:40+01:00June 3rd, 2020|NIH News, Regional News|0 Comments

New video tells story of pharmacy teams rising up to save lives

A video celebrating the dedication of pharmacy teams across the UK in the face of COVID-19 is spreading rapidly across social media. Created by the National Pharmacy Association, the video is based on the hit song, Rise Up, and features pharmacists and pharmacy staff from across the country. Health Secretary Matt Hancock posted a message to accompany [...]

By |2020-06-01T16:36:36+01:00June 1st, 2020|NIH News, Regional News|0 Comments

Swann welcomes Remdesivir for treatment of Covid-19

Health Minister Robin Swann welcomes the announcement today that the anti-viral drug Remdesivir will be available for the treatment of Covid-19. Remdesivir is an innovative drug that is currently undergoing clinical trials around the world, including the UK. International studies show the drug can shorten recovery time from Covid-19 by about four days. The Minister [...]

By |2020-05-26T12:05:44+01:00May 26th, 2020|NIH News, Regional News|0 Comments

Community Pharmacy Can Play a Leading Role in the Re-building of the Health and Social Care Sector as COVID-19 Surge Plans Reduce

The Chief Executive of Community Pharmacy NI, Gerard Greene, has said that the community pharmacy network here can provide significant support in getting the health and social care system back on its feet after COVID-19 surge plans have been downgraded.   The call comes as the Health Minister Robin Swann has announced that he will [...]

By |2020-05-20T16:42:20+01:00May 20th, 2020|NIH News, Regional News|0 Comments

Parents of infants urged to look after their own wellbeing

The Public Health Agency (PHA) is reminding parents to be kind to themselves during the COVID-19 pandemic, and in turn they will be helping to protect their infant’s mental health. Infant mental health is the term used to describe the capacity of a child, during the first three years of life. It is the capacity [...]

By |2020-05-20T12:43:46+01:00May 20th, 2020|NIH News, Regional News|0 Comments

Parents urged not to ignore signs of type 1 diabetes during COVID-19 pandemic

The Public Health Agency (PHA), Diabetes UK and the Diabetes Network are urging parents and carers not to ignore the signs of type 1 diabetes during the COVID-19 pandemic, and are reassuring them that help and support is available for those who need medical attention. Type 1 diabetes cannot be prevented and occurs when the [...]

By |2020-05-20T12:41:03+01:00May 20th, 2020|NIH News, Regional News|0 Comments

Swann Publishes Mental Health Action Plan

Health Minister Robin Swann has published the Mental Health Action Plan as part of his commitment to improve the mental health of the population in Northern Ireland. The Action Plan contains 38 actions, including a commitment to produce a mental health strategy, which will include a comprehensive funding plan for mental health. There is also [...]

By |2020-05-20T12:00:18+01:00May 20th, 2020|NIH News, Regional News|0 Comments

Community Pharmacy Trade Unions call on government to facilitate talks on workplace safety

The PDA and Usdaw (Union of shop, Distributive and allied workers) have written a joint letter to Health & Social Care Secretary,  Matt Hancock, calling on him to facilitate tripartite discussion between government, community pharmacy employer representatives and the trade unions to agree safe working practices across the sector. With increasing strains on PPE supplies [...]

By |2020-05-15T10:51:45+01:00May 15th, 2020|NIH News, Regional News|0 Comments

Helping People With Dementia Cope With Bereavement During COVID-19

To mark ‘Dying Matters’ Awareness week Dr. Frances Duffy, Consultant Clinical Psychologist from the Northern Health & Social Care Trust and Joanne Ballentine, a Northern Ireland Hospice Nurse Specialist for Dementia have collaborated on a special project during COVID-19. Together, they have developed the resource, ‘Supporting a person with Dementia following Bereavement during the COVID-19 [...]

By |2020-05-15T10:42:32+01:00May 15th, 2020|NIH News, Regional News|0 Comments