New Medical Social Work walk in clinic opens in Limerick

Posted On Jun 4 2021 by

first_imgUL 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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Switzerland’s Publica to make international real estate debut

Posted On Sep 29 2020 by

first_imgSwitzerland’s largest public pension fund, Publica, is making its first foray into international real estate, a strategic move it intends to inaugurate with the first investments in 2017. David Engel, portfolio manager and strategist at the CHF37bn (€34bn) pension fund, told IPE Publica’s board of directors approved a 4% strategic weighting to foreign real estate in early 2016.Publica is a collective institution that counts 20 affiliated pension plans, seven of which are closed to new entrants and 13 of which have active members. The new international real estate strategy only applies to the portfolio managed on behalf of the open schemes.  According to Engel, the Pensionskasse has a relatively small – by Swiss standards – domestic real estate portfolio of direct investments but had yet to turn to the international markets despite having considered such a move for some time.“Back in 2011, we looked into foreign real estate, but at the time we felt it was not sufficiently developed and that we didn’t have the capacity or capabilities to invest,” said Engel.“Above all, it seemed very hard to us to reach the strategic goals we were after for that asset class. Since then, there have been some changes.”Publica now feels better able to handle the complexities involved in investing in real estate abroad, and that the product range is now good enough to do so, according to Engel.“Real estate is also attractive from an asset-liability management perspective, and we have room for illiquidity,” he added.“With our size and internal resources, we can harvest what we call a ‘complexity premium’ in the area of international real estate.”The first investments are planned for 2017.The pension fund intends to proceed at “a slow and measured pace”, however, given the large increase in asset prices on the back of “the glut of money” pumped into the market by central banks.Publica intends to invest in core assets for the most part but will consider allocating as much as 10% in value-added, according to Engel.It will be open to investing across a range of structures but take its time to “grow into the market”.Specifically, this means Publica will initially concentrate on open-ended funds, with a broad investor base.The next step will be to act as sole investor in a segregated mandate or alongside a larger investor in a co-investment vehicle.“In a final phase, we would maybe consider closed-end funds, club deals or joint ventures,” said Engel.Geographically, half of the pension fund’s allocation is to North America, with 30% reserved for Europe and the remainder for Asia.“Asia has high growth potential but few established products,” said Engel.“There’s a lot happening there though, so, if at some point in the future we were to go further into foreign real estate, that could very well happen in Asia, although it’s much too early to say now.”The rolling out of its strategy is roughly split into two phases, the first being to build a broad, diversified foundation of holdings in North America and Asia via core, open-ended funds.This will complement Publica’s portfolio of Swiss assets, which will count towards the pension fund’s Europe allocation, according to Engel.In a second phase, the pension fund will look to make more tailored investments – for example by way of a segregated mandate with a very specific strategic focus.This could be on a particular sector, such as logistics, for example.This, however, has yet to be decided. Until then, the sector exposure of Publica’s international real estate investment will largely be guided by what is available in open-ended funds, said Engel.Asked about the pension fund’s policy on taking into account environmental, social and governance matters as part of its real estate investment, Engel said energy efficiency had become an integral part of the economics weighed by any prospective buyer.Overall, Publica is looking to implement its policy over a 4-6 year time horizon, according to Engel.last_img read more

Why I Still Oppose Recreational Marijuana Legalization

Posted On Sep 27 2020 by

first_imgWe’re not passing laws that pave the way for our buddy’s “mom and pop shop” to grow and make some money that provides for their families. We’re passing laws that create a whole new industry that clearly markets to kids with their gummy bears and cartoon advertisements, cost us more than we will ever get back as communities in taxes, and has created a large and powerful lobby driven by big business. Huffington Post 29 December 2017Family First Comment: Here’s a really key question…“what we really need to do as a society is to deal with the reasons why we want to get high in the first place. Is it anxiety? Depression? Let’s treat these symptoms with appropriate therapy, provide adequate mental health coverage, so that one does not have to use mind-altering substances to get by. Then, we will have truly succeeded at making progress. Habitual drug use is not going to resolve our problems. The bottom line is that we have enough issues in this country these days. This country doesn’t need another legal intoxicant. Haven’t we learned enough with alcohol and tobacco?”    www.saynopetodope.nzYes, I’m going to go “there” again. I’m going to address the topic of marijuana legalization. But not because I want to dictate what American citizens do behind closed doors in their free time, or because I claim to know the precise entirety of the long-term effects – both positive (medicinal possibly) and negative – of this drug. As Ben Cort articulates in his book Weed, Inc., “We are considering a massive shift in policy that will result in more access to a substance we know little about in its current form. We must not allow the conversation to be defined just by those who stand to profit.”It seems that when Americans are asked about their position on legalizing marijuana, many respond in favor of legalizing based on medicinal or criminal beliefs. When a recent Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) poll conducted in New York asked a follow up question that adjusted for the fact that personal marijuana possession is already decriminalized and medicalized in New York, respondents’ support for legalization dropped by a third. “One of the things that we thought was going to happen when [recreational] marijuana was legalized was that drugs would be taken out of our community,” said Candi CdeBaca, an education and community activist in Colorado whose longtime family home is steps from a commercial grow operation. “What happened was that the drugs stayed—and the drug dealers changed.” I’m going to dive into this topic again because you, the reader and the pro-pot voter, need to know that you’re being duped. Our current propositions to legalize marijuana are funded by deep pockets, to be sure. Recreational use is far different than medicinal use, and the lobbyists couldn’t care less about the communities in which they plan to place their shops.center_img As of the New Year, marijuana is going to be legal for either recreational or medicinal use in 29 states and the District of Columbia – over half the country. I apologize for being blunt about your blunt, but it’s true. But hear this: the current “fight” for legalization is much less about your freedoms and much more about big business making big money at your expense. It’s about lobbyists and an industry with no federal oversight. Since marijuana is illegal at the federal level, you get no quality standards or oversight on the conditions where it is grown, processed, packaged, or sold. It’s an industry where they need to create more users to stay in business. It’s about commercialization not decriminalization, not local folks making a living. Add to this the fact that the level of THC in today’s marijuana is literally mind-boggling, and due to its federal illegality, there are no guidelines or regulations on its potency. This is not the marijuana of the past, to be sure.READ MORE: read more

Herbert Addo admits AshGold were better in Obuasi

Posted On Aug 28 2020 by

first_imgHearts coach Herbert Addo has admitted his side were outplayed by AshantiGold in their 1-1 stalemate on Wednesday.However, he has praised his lads for their continued fight till they were rewarded with a goal five minutes from full time.The Miners dominated play till end after an even opening fifteen minutes and scored the match opener on 30 minutes through Ivorian Didier Kore.AshGold wasted many chances and were later punished for their profligacy. In the 85th minute, Hearts had a corner which was headed out but midfielder Emmanuel Laryea found the ball from outside the area and bang, his long drive went past goalkeeper Fatau Dauda in post.”The first fifteen minutes we had many chances to score, empty nets but we managed to squander all,” coach Herbert Addo told”They turned things and were playing all the football. In fact, their goal was a beautiful goal. Halftime we talked to the boys but still AshGold were superior. Our boys didn’t plays as we hoped. They had the determination, they were fighting but did not play the football we know them to have been playing in the last few games. “Because of our determination, we were pushing, taking risks. We didn’t sit behind, we had to push. We brought on another striker and were pushing. Luckily for us, we had a corner and one of our midfielders picked on the second ball and scored. We just hard to defend.“We were even lucky. Our goalkeeper had to make a world class save a minute to the end. The ball was going in and he managed to get the ball out – which was fantastic. If it was boxing, maybe we could have conceded the fight but if we had knocked them out in the first round, maybe it would not have gone to that extent. That is football. It was a good game, a good lesson. All in all, I think the result is fair,” he ended.AshantiGold end the first round as league leaders with 29 points – four better than Wafa and Aduana Stars while Hearts maintain their 10th position with 20 points.–last_img read more