Unhealthy Competitive Cultures Can Impact Negatively on Patients

My Problem As a carer to my dad leaving hospital after a nine week stay, the doctor shows me his prescription – a whopping twenty two separate drugs are on his list – many of which are not pills but are inhalers, injections, patches, liquids and gels.  Items which a pillbox cannot help me with. I quickly realise that I am going to need something to help me manage these medications at home so I ask the doctor can he give me anything to help. He looks at me forlornly and apologises as he says they don’t have anything like that availableRead More…

Speaking at the National Patient Forum 2015

At 7.30am last Tuesday, I found myself talking aloud in my car, en route to Dublin, practicing for a presentation that I would be delivering at the National Patient and Service User Forum that same morning. Looking back,  I was really getting into it and I quite animatedly corrected myself when I went off track by shaking my head and frowning– I’m sure if anyone saw me, they surely had an early morning laugh on my behalf! Anyway, it was just as I said the words “collaboration is key” that my GPS decided to gently interrupt my thoughts to let meRead More…

Overcoming Post Traumatic Stress Disorder [PTSD]

This is how I told my story at Heart Children Ireland’s National AGM… “Hi my name is Olive, and I am a mum of three girls; Micaela Nicole and Mackensie.  I was going to tell my story spontaneously , but every time I practised doing it this way, my emotions took over and I forgot where I was, so today I am going to read it out to make sure I don’t skip over anything. We, as a family, come up to Dublin quite often as each of my girls see different specialists in Crumlin, including their cardiologist, Dr Coleman.Read More…

World Health Innovation Summit: The Platform for Patients and Professionals, with the Purpose to Partner.

With hundreds of health events being launched every single day across the world, I often hear people say, “Oh, conferences – they’re just a money making racket” or “Health professionals feel they have to go to them, to earn learning credits”, or “They’re just excuses to get out of work and go out on the town afterwards”. Often when I talk to patients like me, they tell me that the topics of discussion at health conferences and such, can often be too “disconnected from reality, from a users perspective” or that they don’t benefit personally from such events . Well, after listening to all these type of comments andRead More…

Presenting and attending at the National Medicines Forum 2015

Last Thursday, on the 30th April 2015, the 3rd National Medicines Forum was held in No.6 Kildare Street, Dublin 2 – also known as the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland.  Upon walking in the doors of this truly remarkable building, you honestly feel like you’ve stepped back in time – you can feel the depth of history and can imagine the learning that was absorbed by medical practitioners gone by. Ironically this same sense actually ran as a theme for a lot of the day as many of the speakers reflected on past eras to compare to present activities. As I walked into the great Corrigan Hall, IRead More…

Is our health service just so bad, that no-one ever gets better…?

Is our health service just so bad, that no-one ever gets better…? Do you know someone who survived cancer? Did you ever have an infection cleared up by an antibiotic? Or maybe you had a lot of pain and the right treatment alleviated it? If you answer yes to any of these, or similar stories, then I am delighted to hear this. You see, I have come to realise, that we as a nation, could be led to believe, that our health service is just so bad that no-one ever gets better. But thankfully (and factually at that) every year,Read More…