English welcomes Alzheimer Society of Ireland’s pre-Budget submission

Health, Meath, Wesmeath
Monday, 4th July 2016
English welcomes Alzheimer Society of Ireland’s pre-Budget submission

Local Minister for Housing and Urban Renewal has welcomed the
Alzheimer Society of Ireland’s pre-Budget submission, the launch of
which he attended last week in Dublin at the request of Meath members
of the Society including Anne Marie Russell.

“I was highly impressed by the cases made by both medical
professionals, researchers, and those with practical experience of
caring for a loved one, as to the benefits of a home care approach for
as long as is possible” he said.

“The emphasis in the document towards greater home based care for
loved ones is something I think every Irish person values the most,
and aspires towards.  There is a budgetary process to be gone through,
but I will be offering my support to the proposals from the Alzheimer
Society.  I intend to work with my Meath and MInisterial colleague
Helen McEntee, who is responsible for Mental Health and Older People,
on this issue, over the summer months” Minister English stated.

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Minister English welcomes €181k funding boost for AMEN Support Services based in Navan

Health, Meath, Navan, Wesmeath
Monday, 13th June 2016
Minister English welcomes €181k funding boost for AMEN Support Services based in Navan
Local Minister for Housing and Urban Renewal and Meath West Fine Gael T.D. Damien English has welcomed a funding boost of €181,707 from his Department for AMEN Support Services, a national group headquartered in Navan.
The funding is under a new round of the Scheme to Support National Organisations in the Community and Voluntary Sector, and it will last for a 3 year period up until mid 2019. AMEN Support Services are a national organisation for male victims of domestic violence based in Co. Meath.
Minister English stated; “I am delighted that one of our Meath based national organisations has been able to benefit from funding from my Department under the Scheme to Support National Organisations in the Community and Voluntary Sector.  It vindicates the hard work of AMEN‘s staff and voluntary Board of Directors in providing information and support to vulnerable men and their families. Men can be victims of domestic violence too, and they also need help and support if trapped in abusive relationships.”

Minister English urges Meath West voluntary organisations in health sector to apply for Lotto funding

Funding, Health

Local Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation, and Meath West
Fine Gael T.D. Damien English has urged Meath and Westmeath based
voluntary organisations in the health and disability sectors to apply
for the Department of Health’s National Lottery Grant Scheme. It
should be noted that this is a separate National Lottery Grant Scheme
to the one provided by the HSE locally.

Under the National Lottery Act (1986), the Department of Health
operates a National Lottery Discretionary fund under which it can
provide once-off grants to organisations for the provision of health
related services.  The fund is aimed at community groups and voluntary
organisations operating in Ireland providing health services to
specific client groups (like people with an intellectual and/or
physical disability), providing information and support for various
disabilities and illnesses or groups with a specific interest (like
providing equipment for hospitals, for example).

The closing date for receipt of application forms is 12 noon on the
6th May 2016.

If you have any queries relating to National Lottery funding, please
contact the Department of Health’s Finance Unit on 01-6354281 or
01-6354019.

Your organisation must have a valid tax clearance certificate or be a
registered charity to be eligible for a grant.  Click here  for more
information on getting a tax clearance certificate.

This funding is for ONCE-OFF INITIATIVES, NOT for ongoing running
costs or staff. Projects may like to apply for once-off programmes or
capital projects (including equipment or minibuses) for initiatives
addressing obesity/mental health/disability/health promotion/drug &
alcohol prevention.

Minister English officially launches new €2.2 million research into blood cancers

Health, Innovation, Research, Research and Innovation
The Irish Cancer Society, and Science Foundation Ireland, working under the auspices of local Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation Damien English’s Department, are to invest €2.2 million in a new clinical research network for blood cancers.  

Irish patients will be among the first in the world to test new, potentially life-saving treatments under a new national clinical research network launched recently by local Meath West T.D. Damien English. The new network will bring fresh hope for blood cancer patients in Ireland.

The €2.2 million investment has established a new virtual clinical research network that will offer early stage haematology clinical trials, providing blood cancer patients in Ireland with the opportunity to be among the first in the world to test new, potentially life-changing, drugs and treatments

Commenting on this significant investment in cancer research, Minister for Skills, Research, and Innovation, Damien English TD said, “The establishment of Blood Cancer Network Ireland by Science Foundation Ireland and the Irish Cancer Society will bring real and tangible benefits to Irish cancer patients by helping to develop new treatments for blood cancer. It is in line with the Government’s policy of investing and focusing excellent scientific research that impacts positively on Ireland’s economy and society.”    

Over the next five years, Blood Cancer Network Ireland (BCNI) hopes to make novel drugs and treatments available to patients with all types of blood cancers across Ireland. The first clinical trials being rolled out through BCNI will bring fresh hope, in particular, to patients with difficult to treat blood cancers. Patients with Multiple Myeloma (MM) or Acute Myeloid Leukaemia (AML) will be among the first to take part in early phase clinical trials to test the safety and effectiveness of experimental and potentially life-saving drugs that are in development. Early stage clinical trials test the safety, efficacy, dosage, and side effects of new drugs and treatments on a small number of patients, usually at an advanced stage of disease. These trials are the first hurdle in the licensing process in the development of experimental drugs and treatments.  

Sports Capital Grants 2015 and visit to Enfield Celtic F.C.

Ballinlough, Ballivor, Castlepollard, Enfield, Funding, Health, Meath, Navan, North Meath, Sport, Trim, Wesmeath

Enfield F.C. visit October 2015

I was delighted to visit Enfield Celtic F.C. on Monday evening and hear their hard working Committee’s exciting plans for their recently awarded €100,000 Sports Capital Grant. Na Fianna Hurling and Football Club were also successful to the tune of €120,000. I was joined on my visit by my Dáil colleague Ray Butler T.D. and local Councillor Enda Flynn.

Other groups in Meath and Westmeah to benefit are:

Meath County Allocation €1,840,205

Ashbourne United Association Football Club Limited €30,000

Ashbourne United Association Football Club Limited €30,000
Ballinlough Gaelic Football Club €80,000
Ballivor G.F.C. €44,000
Bective GAA Club €31,000
Boyne Hockey Club €800
Castle Villa AFC €63,000
Castletown GFC €38,000
Clonard G.A.A. €123,000
Coolmine Gymnastics Club €14,000
Cortown GFC €8,000
Drumconrath GFC €31,000
DUNBOYNE AFC €15,000
Dunshaughlin Community Centre Ltd €18,000
Enfield Celtic FC €100,000
KNOCKHARLEY CRICKET CLUB €6,000
Meath Hill GFC €33,000
Na Fianna Hurling and Football Club €120,000
Navan Pitch and Putt Club €85,000
Omega Sub Aqua Club €16,000
Parkvilla Football Club €17,000
Rathkenny A.C. €18,000
Ratoath GAA Club €12,000
Ratoath Rugby Football Club €132,000
Ratoath Tennis Club Ltd €32,000
Ribbontail Paddlers Canoe Club €5,000
Skryne Gaelic Football Club €100,000
SLANE GAA CLUB €110,000
St Brigids GFC €27,000
St Mary’s GFC €123,000
St Michaels G.F.C. €62,000
St Patrick’s GAA Club €23,000
St Vincents GFC €40,405
Stackallen Lawn Tennis Pitch & Putt Club €14,000
Summerhill GFC €65,000
Trim Canoe Club €6,000
Trim GAA €65,000
Trim Tennis Club €63,000
Walterstown GFC €70,000

Regional Monies:

Meath and District League €121,643

Westmeath:

€590,298 is being made available to clubs and local organisations around Westmeath under the Sports Capital Programme 2015, announced by Minister of State Michael Ring.

In the Meath West section of Co. Westmeath €50,000 is being awarded to Lough Lene Gaels GAA in Collinstown, and Castlepollard Hurling Club is receiving €11,298.

English welcomes €1,961,488 Sports Capital Grants for Meath

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€1,961,488 in Local and Regional funding

Local Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation and Meath West T.D. Damien English has welcomed the news today Thursday 8th October of the Sports Capital Grants for the Meath.

“This is great news for community based sports groups in Meath , who work so hard to provide vital sports and recreational facilities for both young and old at a local level in their towns and parishes.  As figures this week from the Department of Health show 60% of our people are overweight and only 4 in 10 people are getting enough regular exercise, this money is a practical helping hand from Government to help promote a healthier Ireland.  It is a just reward for those who work so hard for their communities, and indeed those who compete in sport to represent their local area, County and in some cases Ireland” Minister English said.

Meath County Allocation €1,840,205

Ashbourne United Association Football Club Limited €30,000

Ashbourne United Association Football Club Limited €30,000
Ballinlough Gaelic Football Club €80,000
Ballivor G.F.C. €44,000
Bective GAA Club €31,000
Boyne Hockey Club €800
Castle Villa AFC €63,000
Castletown GFC €38,000
Clonard G.A.A. €123,000
Coolmine Gymnastics Club €14,000
Cortown GFC €8,000
Drumconrath GFC €31,000
DUNBOYNE AFC €15,000
Dunshaughlin Community Centre Ltd €18,000
Enfield Celtic FC €100,000
KNOCKHARLEY CRICKET CLUB €6,000
Meath Hill GFC €33,000
Na Fianna Hurling and Football Club €120,000
Navan Pitch and Putt Club €85,000
Omega Sub Aqua Club €16,000
Parkvilla Football Club €17,000
Rathkenny A.C. €18,000
Ratoath GAA Club €12,000
Ratoath Rugby Football Club €132,000
Ratoath Tennis Club Ltd €32,000
Ribbontail Paddlers Canoe Club €5,000
Skryne Gaelic Football Club €100,000
SLANE GAA CLUB €110,000
St Brigids GFC €27,000
St Mary’s GFC €123,000
St Michaels G.F.C. €62,000
St Patrick’s GAA Club €23,000
St Vincents GFC €40,405
Stackallen Lawn Tennis Pitch & Putt Club €14,000
Summerhill GFC €65,000
Trim Canoe Club €6,000
Trim GAA €65,000
Trim Tennis Club €63,000
Walterstown GFC €70,000

Regional Monies:

Meath and District League €121,643

Varadkar to officially open Navan’s Emergency Department – English

Health, Meath, Navan

“I am delighted that the Minister for Health, Dr. Leo Varadkar T.D., has accepted my long standing invitation as a colleague in Government and a local Minister to officially open the refurbished Emergency Department of Our Lady’s Hospital Navan.  While others seek to cast a cloud of doubt and uncertainty over the future of the Hospital, and undermine staff morale, this Government is investing in Our Lady’s Hospital in Navan and is commited to its future” local Minister for Skills Research and Innovation and Meath West Fine Gael T.D. Damien English has said.

Minister Varadkar will officially open the Emergency Department on Friday, 30th October, before travelling on to visit St. Joseph’s in Trim.

Our Lady’s Hospital in Navan provides a general acute hospital service to the catchment area of Meath and a Regional elective Orthopaedic service.

The new Emergency Department refurbished and up and running since last year, and to be officially opened by Minister for Health, Dr. Leo Varadkar T.D. on Friday 30th October provides a 24 hour seven day service to patients presenting with injuries/illness ranging from life threatening medical problems to those with minor injuries and illness  for adult and young persons (i.e. >14years).  

The ranges of acute services at Our Lady’s Hospital Navan are as follows;

·        General Medicine, including MAU

·        General Surgery

·        Elective Orthopaedics

·        Regional Rheumatology Service

·        ICU/HDU

·        CCU

·        Emergency Department

·        Paediatrics (Out-patient Services)

·        Gynaecology (Day Surgery & Out-patient)

·        Acute Psychiatry (under governance of PCCC)

·        Medical and Surgical Day Services

·        Out-patient Services

·        Pathology Services

·        Radiology Services

·        Physical Medicine Services

·        Occupational Therapy

·        TSSU L/M

·        Pre-op Assessment

·        Palliative Care

·        Anaesthetic Services

Surgery

The Department of Surgery at Our Lady’s Hospital Navan consists of 4 General Consultant Surgeons. The surgical teams provide an on call service to the Emergency Department, seeing approximately 200 patients monthly. However there are no Emergency Acute inpatient beds.

The Surgical Department also provides surgical consultation to the Intensive Care Unit, Orthopaedic and Medical Wards. It also has a busy out patient consultation and elective minor surgical and Endoscopy service. The Department is also supported by a Clinical Nurse Specialists in Pre- assessment and Infection Control.

Medicine

The Department of Medicine at Our Lady’s Hospital, Navan provides General Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Cardiology, Rheumatology, Endocrinology/Diabetes, Elderly Medicine, Physical Medicine and Palliative Care. The Department of Medicine is supported by Medical Assessment Unit which facilitates direct referrals from General Practitioners. The Department of Medicine is also supported by a number of Clinical Nurse Specialists in Rheumatology, Diabetes, Cardiac Rehabilitation, Heart Failure, Infection Control and Health Promotion. Surgical Acute presentations requiring admission are currently facilitated in a 1:5. A replacement Capital Project is currently in progress.

Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgery
A regional elective Orthopaedic service is provided in Our Ladys Hospital Navan, this serves the population of Cavan, Monaghan, Louth, Meath and North Dublin.

Decision to fund MS drug great news for Meath West patients – English

Biotech, Health, Meath, Wesmeath

Local Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation, and Meath West Fine Gael T.D. Damien English has said the decision by the HSE to approve funding for Fampyra, a drug used to treat Multiple Sclerosis, will have life changing effects for those with the disease in Counties Meath and Westmeath, and throughout Ireland.

“This is great news and I very much welcome this decision by the HSE, which will benefit many people diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Fampyra has a very positive impact on many people and the decision to fund the drug will change the

lives of those people. It helps with mobility and walking speed, and also has an impact on hand function, allowing those with the disease to carry out routine functions much more easily” the Meath West T.D. and Minister said.

“When trials of the drug ended last year the patients who were benefiting from the drug were very concerned that they could not afford to continue paying for it. Both the HSE and the manufacturer, Biogen, have been in negotiations for some time, and this positive outcome is very welcome, as it will benefit many people and have a very positive impact on their everyday lives” concluded Minister English.

Free GP card will result in real savings for over 70s in Meath and Westmeath

Active Retirement, Health, Meath, Wesmeath

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The start of registration for the Free GP Care service for people aged 70 and over is a great boost for the elderly in Meath and Westmeath and an important step towards universal healthcare.

Today’s announcement by Minister for Health Dr. Leo Varadkar means that from August 5th, all those aged 70 and over in Meath and Westmeath will be able to see their GP without paying fees. This is the second phase of universal GP care and applies to those who do not currently hold a medical or GP visit card.

A simple online registration system is available from today (Friday) on www.gpvisitcard.ie. Alternatively people can locall 1890 252 919 to receive a copy by post and the registration form will also be available in pharmacies and local health offices. People should note that persons over 70 who already hold a medical or GP visit card do not need to register. If anyone needs help or guidance they can contact the helpline 1890 252 919 (weekdays 8am-8pm).

This is great news for families across Meath and Westmeath as now, for the first time in Ireland, the eldest and youngest in our society will be able to access GP care without being charged.

Free GP care was a key Fine Gael election commitment and this is just a step along that road. Already this year we have introduced free GP care for under 6s. Now just under 40,000 people over 70 who had to pay for visiting their GP will no longer have to and this will result in real savings for pensioners.

The free GP card for over 70s is an important step towards changing the health system from one that only treats sick people to one that keeps people well.