HSE News update

HSE issues advice for Irish asthma sufferers ahead of cold weather

They have warned that cold air can trigger asthma symptoms.

The HSE has issued advice for those who suffer from asthma as Ireland braces itself for a week of freezing weather.

A Status Yellow weather warning for low temperatures will be in place tonight with the “Beast from the East” due to arrive in full force on Tuesday.

As the weather takes a turn for the worse, the HSE has advised asthma sufferers in particular, to be mindful of the impact of the cold conditions on their health.


HSE issue health warning as ‘Beast from the East’ to descend on Dublin

The cold air could trigger symptoms for sufferers of numerous conditions.

Dublin is preparing for the ‘Beast from the East’ to hit the capital, with temperatures set to plummet and wintry conditions to set in.

By Wednesday, it’s predicted that schools across the country may have to close as a red weather warning is set to be put into place.

With such cold conditions, people are asked to be mindful of the vulnerable – particularly the elderly, and those with an illness.

And the HSE has issued an important warning for asthma sufferers ahead of the huge weather event.


HSE initiative to tackle ASD assessment backlog

The HSE is to put together a panel of external professionals to tackle the backlog of children with autism spectrum disorder assessments.

A recent tender is seeking a panel of suitable service providers to complete as many as 40 diagnostic assessments in Galway, Roscommon, and Mayo between next month and August this year.

According to the tender, specific to the three counties comprising Community Healthcare Organisation (CHO) Area 2, the panel will work with children aged six to 18 with possible autism spectrum disorder (ASD) symptoms and who will need ASD diagnostic assessment.


HSE urged to do more to help tackle eating disorders

THE HSE have been called on to make greater efforts in tackling eating disorders after it was revealed they spent just 17% of their allocated budget to combat the issue in 2017.

Eating disorders affect up to 5% of the population and anorexia nervosa has the highest mortality rate of any mental health issue, with a figure of 10% attributed to it.

HSE hires more personnel as more than 300 teenagers and young adults are on waiting list for hormone treatment ahead of sex change

The length of time transgender people have to wait to get the treatment has increased from 18 months to two years.

SPECIALISTS are being hired to tackle a 300-plus waiting list of teenagers and young adults who want to change sex.

The waiting time to access hormone treatment for transgender people has risen from 18 months to two years.


HSE Confirms 19 Cases Of Measles Have Now Being Diagnosed In Limerick

The HSE has confirmed that the current measles outbreak in the MidWest is worsening, with 19 cases now diagnosed.

All of the detections have occurred in Limerick City, while one linked case was discovered in Dublin too.

Nine of the patients are children aged up to 5 years, all of whom were unvaccinated, while 11 are aged between 15 and 34 and all but two had no MMR vaccine.

An emergency response team are attempting to contain the spread of the highly contagious infection and a vaccination clinic to immunise from measles is being held next Monday at the Barrack View Primary Care Centre in Limerick.


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