UL Hospitals Group visiting ban extended to March 29 NewsHealthNew Medical Social Work walk in clinic opens in LimerickBy Staff Reporter – March 27, 2018 5321 Advertisement Facebook TAGSEnnis hospitalMedical Social Work walk-in clinicMedical social workerUL Hospitals GroupUniversity Maternity Hospital Limerick Updated Statement UL Hospitals Group Cyber Attack and Cancellations Anne Hegarty, Head of Medical Social Work Services, UL Hospitals Group; Eimear Smalle, Medical Social Worker; Miriam Nolan CMM2, Antenatal Clinic and Ciara Lawlor, Medical Social Worker at the new Medical Social Work Walk-In Clinic at UMHLA NEW Medical Social Work (MSW) Walk-In Clinic has opened at University Maternity Hospital Limerick to provide a more responsive and accessible service to women and their families.The Walk-In Clinic will initially run in parallel with the Monday morning Ante-Natal Clinic (9am to 1pm) and the service at UMHL will expand following the appointment of an additional Medical Social Worker later this year.A second Walk-In Clinic will shortly open in Ennis Hospital to correspond with the Wednesday afternoon (1pm to 4pm) Ante-Natal Clinic there. This will improve access for women in County Clare who heretofore have been referred from the Ennis Ante-Natal Clinic to the Medical Social Work service at UMHL.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Until now, women or their families seeking the support of Medical Social Work within UL Hospitals Group have been referred by a healthcare professional. Last year, there were 510 new referrals from UMHL to the Medical Social Worker . There can be as many as 130 open cases relating to UMHL patients at any one time.“Referrals are made by midwives in the Ante-Natal Clinic, Neo Natal Unit and Post Natal Wards. The difference with the new Walk-In Clinic is that it allows the woman herself or her family member or partner to come directly to our door for whatever inquiry they wish to find an answer to,” explained Anne Hegarty, Head of Medical Social Work Services, UL Hospitals Group.At the new Medical Social Work Walk-In Clinic at the Antenatal Clinic, UMHL, were Ciara Lawlor, Medical Social Worker; Eimear Smalle, Medical Social Worker; Miriam Nolan CMM2, Antenatal Clinic; and Anne Hegarty, Head of Medical Social Work Services, ULHG“In this fashion, we are removing that obstacle of having to go through a professional to access our service. It is about empowerment and we are encouraging women to self-refer for whatever reason or query they may have. Working alongside women to support her wellbeing throughout her pregnancy is key to positive parenting and family health.”Eimear Smalle, Medical Social Worker, UMHL, said the queries were various in nature.“It could be for example a woman who is concerned about how to manage when she already has children at home. There could be financial worries; family support issues; issues around homelessness; issues around separation or domestic violence; feelings of anxiety, depression. We are available to answer any of those queries or to signpost them in having them answered by other agencies,” said Ms Smalle.The Walk-In Clinic will make available information from other relevant agencies and support groups such as the HSE community services, Primary Care, Community Mothers/Teen Parent Support, Barnardos, ClareCare, ABC Startright, Citizens Advice, MABS, legal services etc.The new clinic coincides with the continuing development of the Perinatal Mental Health Service at UMHL but it is open to all women and their relatives.“It is about breaking down barriers and is open to all to call in,” said Ciara Lawlor, Medical Social Worker, UL Hospitals Group.“We are located right here beside the Ante-Natal Clinic so very visible in that regard to patients and to staff. It is about making the service more accessible to them; so that women can see for themselves what supports are there for them if they want to share a concern.”Welcoming the new service, Dr Naro Imcha, Consultant Obstetrician/Gynaecologist, said “At UMHL, we are closely interacting with patients to identify bottlenecks and to streamline the patient journey. The MSW Walk-In Clinic is an example of the many simple but impactful changes that are patient-centred.“This Clinic brings a multidisciplinary team together at one location so that a care plan can be quickly developed with all their inputs.” Dr Imcha concluded.More about health here. 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At Sellafield we are always looking for ways we can not only reduce waste like plastic, paper and glass, but also how we can reuse it for the good of our local community.Our wooden pallets that are used to deliver equipment and machinery to the site are getting a new lease of life out in the community, while freeing up valuable space on the Sellafield site itself.Our assets disposition team is tasked with safely removing surplus items from the site to make sure we make best use of our 6km2 footprint.Gareth Kendall, Chair of the assets disposition team said: Some of our wooden pallets are now at HMP Haverigg, for their external allotments. They’re making raised beds for planting, furniture and planters. Any money raised from the sale of the goods is invested back into the rehabilitation programme for offenders.Education and Community Programmes Officer, Pauline Farrell told us: We use a process similar to the waste hierarchy of reduce, re-use and recycle. The service offers value to local communities and charities if the donation step is used. If this process wasn’t used then all redundant items would have to be disposed of at a cost to the taxpayer. Most recently the local community has benefitted from the donation of surplus wood that was destined to be disposed of as waste. These donations of wooden pallets are making a huge difference to many charitable organisations across the region. They are making great use of our surplus items that we don’t have any use for which enables them to earn cash to reinvest and grow. The Cleator Moor based organisation ‘Skills 4 You’ is also using our pallets to produce items for community projects such as bird tables, picnic benches and bird feeders. The project works with various groups to address levels of unemployment and provide practical work experience whilst enhancing skills and promoting self-development.And the local ‘Men in Sheds’ group based at Mirehouse Community Centre in Copeland is using donated pallets to make storage racks for the newly delivered council recycling boxes, with any profits being used to grow the capability and capacity of the group.The transit store on the nuclear site is also making changes to how they reduce the amount of wooden pallets going over into operational areas. They are currently looking at using plastic pallets instead of wooden ones to minimise the amount of low level waste produced.Once wooden pallets which have deliveries on go enter certain areas of the site, they are classed as nuclear waste and categorised as low level waste which then goes on to the Low Level Waste Repository site at Drigg to be safely stored.By replacing deliveries onto plastic pallets, these can be monitored safely and re-used many times over, and therefore reducing our costs by nearly half.