Make skin visible in Election 2020


ISF calls on voters affected by skin conditions to 'Make Skin Visible' in Election 2020 Election 2020 will be held on 8th February Over the next few days and weeks your election candidates will be calling to your home to ask for your support This is a great opportunity to highlight the need for more resources for the public dermatology services that serve people living with distressing...

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All hubs and no spokes? Equity of access for dermatology patients


Research needed to reveal impact of “distance-decay” on health utilisation The Irish Skin Foundation (ISF) has called for research into the effects that a household’s distance from specialist dermatology services is having on patients living with chronic inflammatory skin disorders such as psoriasis, atopic eczema and hidradenitis suppurativa “We know anecdotally from the ISF...

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Thank you to all who answered the “Living with Atopic Eczema” survey


We want to thank everyone who participated in the "Living with Atopic Eczema & Eczema in Ireland" which we ran from September 2018 to March 2019; we had over 450 responses which was a tremendous level of engagement In the coming months we will be writing up our findings and hope to publish them in the autumn The ISF is dedicated to improving the lives of Irish people living with eczema...

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A plan for waiting times? HSE publishes Scheduled Care Access Plan 2019


In an effort to tackle waiting times the HSE has published the Scheduled Care Access Plan 2019 which specifically identifies dermatology for extra resources This move may help people with psoriasis, HS, atopic eczema, skin lesions and many other skin conditions access care more quickly Under the plan the HSE intends to increase total number of outpatient appointments, introduce what have...

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Hospitals need to be more sympathetic to our needs


Calls to the ISF Helpline reveal what’s most on dermatology patient’s minds In the first of our three-part blog series called "What Patients Want" we begin by taking a look at our hospitals and what you say about them Most skin disorders are managed by GPs, but a significant number of people need hospital care It isn’t possible to say exactly how many people are referred for a skin...

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For the first time, melanoma diagnoses exceed 1,000 cases per year in Ireland


The latest shocking figures available from the National Cancer Registry show that in 2014 there were 10,304 cases of non-melanoma skin cancer, and worryingly, for the first time melanoma skin cancer diagnoses have breached the 1,000 mark (1,041 cases), almost trebling in the last 20 years In response, the Irish Skin Foundation has launched the Protect & Inspect™ campaign Protect &...

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ISF welcomes the Australian Ambassador, Dr. Ruth Adler and her husband Dr. Conrad Goonerage


The ISF was pleased to welcome Dr Ruth Adler, the Australian Ambassador to Ireland and her husband and dermatologist, Dr Conrad Goonerage, to discuss common problems relating to dermatology in Ireland and Australia on 8 August 2016 The ambassador was welcomed by Prof Eoin O’Brien, Chairman of the ISF, Prof Desmond Fitzgerald, Vice-President for Health Affairs at UCD and Prof Frank Powell,...

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Temple Street Children’s Hospital appoints a dermatologist to long-vacant post


The ISF has welcomed the appointment of a consultant dermatologist at Temple Street – it is understood that the post will be filled during the last quarter of 2015 “Unfortunately Temple Street dermatology department will not be in a position to accept new GP referrals due to the considerable existing waiting list, nevertheless this development is very welcome for children with skin...

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New restrictions on sunbeds should go further


The Irish Skin Foundation has welcomed new regulations to prohibit sunbed business operators from promoting sunbed sessions for minimum periods of time but urged the Minister to go further “These new restrictions are absolutely a step in the right direction”, according to according to dermatologist Dr Patrick Ormond from the Irish Skin Foundation, “but we can do more to protect people...

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Irish Secondary School’s study: sunbed use starts at age 12


An Irish study presented at the British Association of Dermatologists (BAD) annual meeting last week has found that the average age at which young people start using sunbeds is just 12 years old1 The research, involving 755 secondary school pupils from across Ireland, is the country’s largest study ever undertaken looking at avoidable skin cancer risk factors among the 14-18 age...

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