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CONNECT: Issue 7 | Autumn 2019

November 29, 2019

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PRESS RELEASE: Peamount Healthcare Garden Project

October 16, 2019

Peamount Healthcare background: Peamount Healthcare (Peamount) is an independent voluntary organisation that operates in partnership with the HSE to provide a range of health and social care services regionally and nationally. There are currently 217 beds between the campus and community services with over 500 employees. Peamount provides services in age related, rehabilitation, respiratory, intellectual disability, neurological and community care. The Peamount HUB garden project is an exciting development. The first stage, in collaboration with Pfizer was completed on 20th September 2019. Peamount Healthcare Hub garden project September 2019. Peamount Healthcare staff and residents welcomed 70 Pfizer volunteers to join them in the planting of their new Hub Garden Project on Friday 20th September 2019. The Peamount Hub is a welcoming centre for all residents on campus and in the community. Peamount delivers meaningful activities supported by the multidisciplinary team and sessional professionals from the local community including for example Art, Pottery, Aromatherapy, Lady Aberdeen Library, Food Appreciation, Coffee Dock, Men’s Sheds, Hair and Beauty Salon to name but a few. The new Peamount Hub garden is surrounded by landscaped grounds comprising of many different species of trees, it is the perfect canvas to develop and create an open garden space for Peamount service users to enjoy and experience. The new sensory garden will be an additional recreational space for all residents and family to enjoy. We appreciate the team at Pfizer for their support and giving so generously of their time and attention to the new Peamount Hub garden project. We would also like to thank Friends of Peamount and Lucan Garden Centre for their support. Read more →

Launch day for the National Frailty Programme for Older People

September 4, 2019

Launch day for the National Frailty Programme for Older People in CHO7 is the 9 th September and Peamount Healthcare will be involved in the role out of this education. Education days will be scheduled after the launch date and advertised on Peamount’s education calendar. The aim of the programme is to provide healthcare professionals with an enhanced understanding of frailty and frailty assessments, thereby ensuring earlier recognition of frailty, improved healthcare management, and better health outcomes for older adults living with frailty Read more →

Summer BBQ 2019

The Summer BBQ was once again a great success and was enjoyed by all. 420 People were served and the event continues to grow each year. This year saw the launch of #Hellomynameis and the Cookbook Competition. The winners of the 2019 Step Challange were also announced : Kiss My Asphalt led by team captain Margaret Brennan with Greta Archbold, Christine Wilson, Ena Giles, Donna Monahan who were presented with their prizes at the Barbeque Congratulations also to Toyosi Akafor of team A1 Sharons who won the Top Team Mate prize having been nominated by her fellow team mates for her efforts during the challenge. Read more →

#hellomynameis Campaign – 20th June 2019

Peamount Healthcare launched the #hellomynameis campaign which is part of the national Communicating Clearly Programme, which is aimed at improving communication across the health service. Read more →

Alzheimer’s Tea Day Event – 2nd May 2019

May 14, 2019

Peamount Healthcare and Duggan Brothers together supported Alzheimer's Tea Day - 2nd May. Thank you to all staff, service users, relatives, visitors and volunteers who supported the event yesterday morning, it was a great success and much enjoyed by all. A special mention to Scott Tallon Walker, IPM and David Flynn Contractors who very generously donated to the event. We are told many others have donations on the way, we will share our joint presentation to the Alzheimer's Society of Ireland, watch this space! Read more →

Peamount Step Challenge launched 29th April 2019

The Peamount Step Challenge is back this year with 32 teams/160 people signed up. The lucky first 120 people to sign up received challenge goody bags and the competition is sure to be fierce. The challenge started on Monday 29th April. On Monday and Tuesday Nursing and Dietetics offered free health screening to staff taking part in the challenge. Staff will have a chance to have these tests repeated in 6 weeks time to see if all those steps have had a positive impact on their health. There will also be weekly walks around the Peamount grounds to give people a chance to boost their step count. Good luck to everyone taking part! Read more →

The 2019 Peamount Patient Experience in rehabilitation survey goes live on 1st May

April 11, 2019

The Peamount Patient Experience Survey is a survey asking people for feedback about their stay in the rehabilitation units in Peamount The survey is a part a research project and is adapted from the National Patient Experience Survey organised by the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA), the Health Service Executive (HSE) and the Department of Health. All patients aged 16 and over discharged each May, who spend 24 hours or more in a public acute hospital and have a postal address in the Republic of Ireland are asked to complete the survey. It will help improve the quality and safety of healthcare services provided to patients in Peamount. The survey tries to understand how patients interact with the healthcare system and how they experience this process. The results to highlight what we are doing well and to develop quality improvement plans, which will outline how patients’ priorities will be addressed in the future. Benefits for patients • Patients can have an input on improvements to the quality of care they receive in hospital. • Healthcare professionals will be able to deliver improved care that meet patients’ expectations. • In other countries which conduct patient experience surveys, positive patient experience has been linked to improved clinical outcomes and a better relationship between patients and healthcare professionals. What questions are asked The survey asks participants about their admission to hospital, the ward environment, care and treatment, interaction with staff and discharge from hospital. Are answers to the questions treated confidentially? Yes, all responses provided in the Peamount Patient Experience Survey are anonymised to ensure that no individuals can be identified. The survey starts in May 2019. For further information contact Susan Curtis 01 6010359 Read more →

Reminiscence Project at Peamount Day Services – 3rd April 2019

Great celebration in the HUB yesterday morning with the reminiscence research group. Service User's involved in the project received their certs from Prof. Des O' Neill, Peamount/TUH, Michael Power, Interim CEO, Dr. Kevin Roche, Dr Sean and Dr Andrew from Maynooth University who have supported this great initiative research project in collaboration with clients of the HUB Day Service. A big thank you to Mary Lee Tully and her Day Services team. Read more →

Daffodil Day 22nd March 2019

Peamount Healthcare were delighted to support Daffodil Day, 22nd March 2019 through our tree of hope for special intentions and our Daffodil Day themed Selfie Stands! Our donation to the Irish Cancer Society is €700. Thank you to all supporters staff, service users and visitors at Peamount. The winners of the selfie competition will be announced early next week, so many to look through! Well done to all involved and special thanks to the Social Committee. Read more →

Nutrition and Hydration Week 11-15th March 2019

March 27, 2019

Dietetics ran a stand in the canteen on Thursday about tackling malnutrition for Nutrition and Hydration Week. Topics included • High protein snacks • Protected mealtimes • Maintaining good hydration  • 10 key characteristics of goof nutrition and hydration care Read more →

World COPD Day 2018 – Life a reflection through the LENS’ photography exhibition

November 23, 2018

Peamount celebrated World COPD Day 2018 in our Respiratory Rehab Unit and were very fortunate to be able to host the ‘Life a reflection through the LENS’ photography exhibition a PhotoVoice project. After an opening speech by Professor Lane, and an introduction to the PhotoVoice project by Bettina Korn project facilitator, two of the participants Ann and Marie openly shared their journey. Peamount welcomed  the community to the rehab unit with representatives from local COPD support groups and community outreach teams and celebrated with users of our inpatient and outpatient respiratory service. The photography exhibition will be in situ for a short time for anyone who missed the opening event. Read more →

New state of the art physiotherapy equipment launched today at Peamount Healthcare by Frances Fitzgerald, TD.

September 24, 2018

The event was attended by staff, patients, relatives and representatives from Accuscience. A big thank you to Tony Brennan, former patient of Peamount who shared his story at the launch with Frances Fitzgerald, TD. Thank you to Frances Fitzgerald who formally launched the equipment in our Rehabilitation Unit today. Peamount is the first in the country to have the new ‘HUR Pulley Functional Trainer’ equipment which has been made possible through the Patient Donations Fund. Thank you to all who made this possible and to all who attended the event and made it a wonderful success.   Read more →

August 2018 – Update on New Development

August 10, 2018

Our New Development is progressing quickly with staff, residents and some relatives attending site visits. The strategy for the new beds is being progressed and it is hoped that it will be in place by the Autumn. Watch out for updates on the development.   Read more →

12th June 2018 – Staff BBQ

Staf  f, service users, relatives and guests enjoyed a summer barbeque at Peamount in the sunshine with great food and music. Thank you to all who came and enjoyed the afternoon and to all involved in the preparations.   Read more →

Alzheimer’s Tea Day/Builders Brew

June 8, 2018

4th May 2018. Peamount Healthcare were delighted to team up with Duggan Brothers (onsite for construction of New 100 Bed Development) to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland at the Alzheimer’s Tea Day held in the canteen and at the new build site office. Thanks very much to all who got involved. In partnership we raised €2,200. Great Day.   Read more →

Opening of Peamount Hub

23rd April 2018. Frances Fitzgerald TD attended Peamount to formally launch the opening of Peamount Hub. The Peamount Hub is a welcoming centre for all our residents on campus and in the community; short term or long term stay. Peamount delivers meaningful activities supported by the multidisciplinary team and sessional professionals from our local communities including for example Art, Wood work, Aromatherapy reflexology, Lady Aberdeen Library, Food Appreciation, Coffee Dock, Men’s Sheds, Hair and Beauty Salon, Day Services to the 4 districts, Afternoon Tea Dances, Local Bingo, Creative Art Festivals ; therapeutic arts and 1-1 meaningful activity for our residents, Yoga Tai Chi, Well being Exercise Group, Speisialta and Internet Café. We thank Frances Fitzgerald for visiting our new service and giving so generously of her time and attention to our residents. Thank you to all who got involved.   Read more →

Daffodil Day

23rd March 2018. Peamount Healthcare were delighted to support Daffodil Day, 23rd March 2018 through our tree of hope for special intentions and our Daffodil Day themed Selfie Stands! Our donation to the Irish Cancer Society was €650. Thank you to all supporters staff, service users and visitors at Peamount. The winners of the competition were Srinivasan Panchalam, Physiotherapy Department for individual photo. Ray Lynam, Facilities Department and Lina Lakaviciene, Catering Department! Well done to all involved and special thanks to the Social Committee.   Read more →

Pre Loved Sale

14th February 2018. The Pre Loved Sale was a great success and raised in the region of €2,000 overall for the residents comfort fund. It was a great team event, thank you and well done to all involved.   . Read more →

Minister for Health Simon Harris formally “Turns the Sod” on Peamount Healthcares New 100 Bed Development in Newcastle, Co Dublin.

December 13, 2017

Minister for Health Simon Harris formally “Turned the Sod” on Peamount Healthcares New 100 Bed Development in Newcastle, Co Dublin. This €24 million development was funded by the sale of lands belonging to Peamount Healthcare and a significant capital investment from the Health Service Executive.   Peamount Healthcare is an independent voluntary organisation that operates in partnership with the HSE to provide a range of health and social care services for the Dublin Mid Leinster Region. Peamount Healthcare currently operates 219 beds between campus and community services with a headcount of 500 employees.   Minister for Health Simon Harris stated  that when he asked a resident what it  was like to live in Peamount he said “heaven on earth” , Minister Harris noted that he “extraordinary proud of the people who work in our health service ” he thanked Suzanne Corcoran , Peamount HealthCare’s Management Team, the Board Chaired by John Delaney  and all the staff working in Peamount for providing excellent care to people with complex needs.   Peamount Healthcare has a long history dating back to 1912 when the facility opened as a Tuberculosis Sanatorium.  It quickly became the largest such unit in Ireland and developed as a centre of excellence delivering high quality care to patients and service users and this ethos continues. In the 1960’s Peamount changed service direction and opened residential services for Intellectual Disability.  Since that time services have expanded and developed and now include; Rehabilitation Care for Respiratory and Age Related Conditions Residential Services for Long Stay Neurological Disability Residential Services for Long Stay Age Related Conditions Residential Services for Intellectual Disability Community Outpatient Services     Minister Harris noted that in the past Peamount “made an incredible contribution to tackling Tuberculosis,  what I would now say the challenge falls to Peamount and to the next generation of leaders , to tackle one of the great challenges of today that our Health Service faces and that is a demographic challenge”,  “our population is growing and our population is aging and will have healthcare needs”. “ What you are doing here today is already beginning to fulfil that challenge providing residential care, providing short stay care, looking after people with complex needs and what you are doing today is adding more capacity to that.  In building a new unit and turning the sod on that today we will see 100 beds, 50 will enable residents to have better facilities because we know parts of Peamount are very old and 50 beds will provide us with more Neuro Rehabilitation capacity, something we badly need in this county. I am really excited about the contribution that this development is going to make, it’s going to add additional beds to our Health Service”.   Suzanne Corcoran, Chief Executive Officer, Peamount Healthcare announced that “Peamont Healthcare’s present strategy is to expand rehabilitation services in conjunction with the National Neuro Rehabilitation Strategy. The new building will provide 50 replacement Older Persons residential beds in addition to a new 50 bed unit.  This development will be a support to the acute hospital system for the early transfer of patients for follow on care.   This event marks a bright future for Peamount, its service users and staff, as we announce our development and reposition our services for the future. We look forward to opening this new state of the art hospital facility in 2019.” Read more →

New 100 Bed Unit

September 29, 2017

Peamount Healthcare is delighted to announce joint partnership with the HSE in progressing a new 100 Bed Unit at its Newcastle Site in West Dublin. This development will provide 50 Replacement Older Persons Residental Beds in addition to a new 50 Bed Unit to expand Rehabilitation Services. The project will get underway in the coming weeks.   Read more →

Peamount Workplace Wellness Program

September 26, 2017

"Peamount's workplace wellness programme is currently focusing on positive mental health for all it's staff. Our programme includes education on stress management, mindfulness based stress reduction, yoga, positive mental health resources, and positive goal setting." Read more →

Healthcare Charter August 2017 – Participation Awareness Month at Peamount

Peamount Healthcare is committed to the National Healthcare Charter, the theme for August is Participation. Among the areas being highlighted this month in Peamount include relevant policies such as the Participation Policy, Consent Policy & Open Disclosure Policy, Service Information Leaflets, Consent Forms, Your Service Your Say Feedback Form, It’s Safer to Ask Leaflet and our ‘You Said, We Did’ Poster Read more →

Healthcare Charter July 2017 – Communication & Information Awareness Month at Peamount

August 21, 2017

The National Healthcare Charter theme for July is Communication and Information. Among the areas being highlighted this month in Peamount include: Hello My Name is initiative, Communication Access Training, Staff Resources to facilitate effective communication with service users, information on Bridges Stroke Self management Group, Rights Group, Advocacy Group, It’s Safer to Ask Leaflet and Peamount IT Department – Think before you click initiative. Read more →

Peamount Summer Barbeque

June 20, 2017

Thank you to all who attended the Peamount Summer BBQ and helping to make it a great success Read more →

Healthcare Charter June 2017 – Safe & Effective Services Awareness Month at Peamount

Peamount Healthcare is committed to the implementation of the National Healthcare Charter. The Theme for June is Safe and Effective Services. A game based on the 5 moments for Hand Hygiene is being carried out on all wards and units by our Infection Control CNS throughout the month, good luck to all involved for winning a prize!! Medication Safety, Risk Management, Resident Placemats, Hospital & Communication passports are among the areas being highlighted this month. Read more →

Peamount commences roll out Leadership Training for all department heads

We are investing in our team. Our first group of managers have completed Leadership Training with Pat Reda, Executive Trainer/Coach. 10 managers completed a 3 day course in the education centre at Peamount.  Further group training sessions are planned for later in the year. Read more →

Peamount is represented at the International Conference for Integrated Care

PREP – Peamount Respiratory Empowerment programme -  is a multidisciplinary lifestyle empowerment programme that promotes healthy eating and physical activity specific to people with respiratory conditions.  Available to respiratory rehab inpatients referred for weight management with a BMI of over 30kg/m2.   Here’s what some of the participants of PREP have to say about the programme:   “Thanks to this programme, we can feel we still matter, and that Peamount has a great interest in its patients’ overall health” “the dietitian’s nutrition class has changed my life and my thinking about food and exercise” “tried diets before and it never worked as well as this” “As for the physio, I found it fantastic. I did not realise how unfit I was until I was put through my paces every week” “The exercise programme improved my lung function and was tailored individually depending on our needs and ability” “I was treated with respect. The leaders listened to my problems. I felt part of something”   Read more →