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

12/03/2019

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

31/08/2017

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

28/06/2017

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

09/08/2016

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

25/08/2015

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

23/07/2015

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

15/07/2015

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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Department of Health announces welcome new restrictions on sunbeds

17/02/2015

The Irish Skin Foundation welcomes new restrictions on the use of sunbeds, including a ban on ‘happy hours’ promotions and a requirement to use protective eyewear, which will be introduced in March In an effort to protect skin health and reduce the risk of skin cancer Minister Varadkar has prohibited unlimited-use offers and free trials as means of promoting sunbed use to the...

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Wait to wait: Dermatology Services at Temple Street Children’s Hospital

28/01/2015

The ISF is extremely concerned that new GP patient referrals, seeking access to dermatology services at Temple Street Children’s Hospital, are now being added to an additional waiting list due to a lack of specialist medical capacity at the hospital Dermatology referrals into Temple Street now fall into one of three categories: urgent cases, cases on the waiting list with an appointment and...

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