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Press Releases And Statements Issued By The Mater Hospital

December 2013

Mater Hospital Statement Re CRC Payment

11.12.13 19.21hrs: The Mater Hospital absolutely refutes the suggestion made by Mr. Paul Kiely during his appearance in front of the Public Accounts Committee earlier today, where he referred to payments being made by the CRC to the Mater Hospital as having no meaningful basis, which in turn caused Deputy Shane Ross to refer to a ‘Phantom Fund’ costing the CRC up to c.€660,000 per annum. The Hospital would ask Mr. Kiely to formally correct his earlier inaccurate reference.

The payment relates directly to the Voluntary Hospital Superannuation Scheme,(VHSS) administered by The Mater Hospital on behalf of 181 staff members of the CRC. The CRC’s Employer Contribution to the scheme on behalf of its staff members was c€660,000 in 2012. The liability for the pension payments to those CRC staff in the scheme will rest with the Mater Hospital in perpetuity.

This arrangement, on behalf of the CRC staff, dates back to the mid 1970’s, when the CRC first sought Department of Health funding. For technical and legal reasons the Department of Health could not at that time provide any funding to the CRC as it was not deemed to be a hospital.

In order to overcome this difficulty a decision was made that all funding to the CRC should be provided through a voluntary hospital. The Mater Hospital, being the nearest hospital to the CRC, with joint clinical commitments, was chosen to be the channel for such funding.

In the early 2,000’s the Department of Health altered this approach and decided to no longer pay its CRC funding though the Mater Hospital. However, the CRC staff from that time continued to hold their membership of the Voluntary Hospital’s Superannuation scheme as there was no alternative public sector pension scheme available to them. This scheme has continued for those CRC staff members, currently numbering 181.

This scheme is in line with Public Sector pension policy, whereby all pensions are funded from current revenues, as is the case with all Public Hospitals. ENDS


November 2013

High rates of undiagnosed HIV in Dublin Revealed by Successful Mater Hospital Emergency Department HIV Screening Programme

Dublin: Friday 29th, November;

A HIV screening programme based in The Mater Hospital Emergency Department has revealed that nearly three in every thousand people tested who participated in the testing programme were diagnosed with HIV infection, rates regarded as high by international standards.

Dublin is leading the way in international HIV research through the Mater-Bronx Rapid HIV Testing Project or „M-BRiHT‟, a collaboration between researchers at the Mater Hospital and the Jacobi Medical Centre in the Bronx in New York. In the M-BRiHT Project, routine attenders to the Mater Emergency Department are offered a confidential, rapid HIV test combined with novel video-based counselling and information.

The results demonstrate a prevalence of HIV of 2.85 cases in every thousand taking the test, higher than the 1 in 1000 prevalence for which widespread screening is recommended. The preliminary results of the M-BRiHT Study were released as part of the 2013 European HIV Testing week, which runs from 22

„We started the M-BRiHT project in late 2012 and since then over 6000 people have participated, 4,900 have tested with 14 people returning positive results‟ said Dr Ger O‟Connor, an Emergency Medicine physician and project leader on the M-BRiHT Study. „The results show a high HIV prevalence and also that the Emergency Department is an ideal setting for HIV screening if implemented in the right way; 82% of those offered a test accepted. We want people to know their HIV status – diagnosing HIV early helps the person with HIV to get the full benefits from treatment and also can prevent unintended onward transmission.‟

Patients who choose to participate in the project watch a novel interactive counselling video, complete an on-screen survey that assesses risk behaviour, and are offered an oral swab HIV test, with the results available after approximately 30 minutes. „It‟s obvious from this study that offering HIV screening in this format is acceptable to the wider population and the people of Dublin want to know their HIV status‟ said Dr O‟Connor.

„Dublin Knows Its Status‟ is the motto of the M-BRiHT Study. „The people of Dublin have offered unprecedented support to this exciting initiative,‟ said Dublin Lord Mayor Oisin Quinn. „The results show the need for increased HIV screening within mainstream healthcare. Everyone should know their HIV status – just like knowing your blood pressure or cholesterol. Dublin Knows!‟

There has been an upsurge in interest in HIV screening research since the recognition that early identification of HIV infection not only improves the outlook of those with infection but, with effective treatment, this can also prevent onward transmission of HIV. „This has been a real ground breaking advance in HIV research and one that the whole population can help with,‟ said Dr Mallon, Consultant in Infectious Diseases at the Mater and the principal Investigator on the M-BRiHT Study. „If we can identify those with undiagnosed HIV and help prevent them from passing on the infection, we can stop this epidemic in its tracks. The importance of the need for increased HIV testing is reflected in the first European HIV Testing Week – everyone should use this opportunity to know their HIV status.‟

Advances in the treatment and management of HIV now mean that those diagnosed early who receive appropriate treatment can realistically stay healthy and expect a normal lifespan. „The message from this project is clear: the prevalence of undiagnosed HIV in Dublin is high. It‟s in everybody‟s best interests to test and know their HIV status", said Dr O‟Connor.

The M-BRiHT Project is part of a three year research project coordinated through University College Dublin. Based on the results, the investigators hope the project will translate into health policy. „The screening is both acceptable and effective in detecting HIV early in those who may otherwise not avail

of HIV testing‟ said Dr Mallon, who is Associate Dean for Research in UCD‟s School of Medicine and Medical Science. „In M-BRiHT, the rate of new diagnoses is almost seven times the rate seen in the antenatal HIV screening programme. This definitely supports expanding Emergency Department screening for HIV as a routine part of healthcare delivery.‟

"This project also proves that if you offer people testing in the proper fashion, they will overwhelmingly opt to be tested,‟ said Dr O‟Connor. „ We know that in our programme, we are reaching people at the early and symptom-free stage of HIV, so that they can get the most benefit from treatment and monitoring."


October 2013

Response to HIQA Report

Improving hygiene compliance by our staff is a top priority at the Mater Hospital.  Our staff are fully committed to achieving and maintaining good hygiene compliance. Staff participate in a robust internal hygiene programme ensuring consistent standards across all wards and departments. This is the most effective way of tracking, measuring and managing progress while also driving continuous quality improvements. Good hygiene practices are imperative to ensuring the right setting for high clinical standards in all our patient care activities.

We are of course disappointed with some findings as outlined in HIQA’s report of the unannounced monitoring assessment at our hospital, which took place on August 6th 2013.

We would like to take this opportunity to reassure patients that our hospital is clean and that we will continue to work hard to achieve best practice in National Hygiene Standards. ENDS


Public Announcement

The Mater Hospital was notified by the IMO of their intention to commence a campaign of industrial action as part of a national dispute.

On Tuesday October 8th from 7am to midnight this industrial action will take the form of a one-day national strike of Non-Consultant Hospital Doctors (NCHDS).

Consequently, all elective surgery is cancelled and all out-patient clinics are cancelled with the exception of a small number of consultant clinics and day-case procedures. Patients were contacted and appointments rescheduled. Telephone: 01 8032295 / 01 8032644 with appointment queries.

The Mater Smithfield Rapid Injury clinic, located in The Forge, Smithfield Market, Dublin 7 is also CLOSED. Telephone: 01 6579000 for further information. Patients should not attend the Mater’s Emergency Department unless absolutely necessary. If you are seriously ill or injured you should dial 999 or go directly to the nearest Emergency Department.

Delays can be expected and the hospital apologises to patients for any inconvenience caused.

Normal services will resume on Wednesday 9th October 2013.

Check out for further information. ENDS

September 2013

Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act

Wednesday 25th September 2013: The Mater Hospital has carefully considered the Act. The Hospital’s priority is to be at the frontier of compassion, concern and clinical care for all our patients. Having regard to that duty the Hospital will comply with the law as provided for in the act. Ends.

July 2013

8-Jul-2013 - July 2013

Discovery In Mater Hospital's Redevelopment Site - 16/07/2013

June 2013

20,000 euro raised by Heart Children Ireland funds 35 Coagu-Chek machines for Maurice Neligan Congenital Heart Clinic - 07/06/2013

May 2013

Community Spirit at the Catherine McAuley Day Care Centre at the Mater Hospital - 31/05/2013

Statement to Irish Indenpendent Stating Compliance with VHI Guidelines - 16/05/2013

Mater Foundation Surge In Genetic Testing Queries - 14/05/2013

Welcome from Professor Des Fitzgerald to New and Existing Clinical Partners, Dublin East Hospital Network - 15/05/2013

Statement from DAMC - 14/05/2013

New Class of Drug to Target Skin Cancer - 14/05/2013

April 2013

Nobel Laureate Launches Mater’s Oncology / Haematology Unit - 29/04/2013

January 2013

Postponement Of Mater’s Emergency Department Relocation - 25/01/2013

Temporary 32 Hour Closure Of Mater Hospital Emergency Department To Facilitate Relocation To New Facility - 23/01/2013

November 2012

Media Statement Released Re National Children's Hospital - 04/11/2012

Mater & Rotunda Statement Issued Re National Paediatric Hospital - 04/11/2012

Temple Street Statement Issued Re National Paediatric Hospital - 04/11/2012

October 2012

Mater Statement To Irish Independent Re Scrubs - 16/10/2012

Mater Response To Re Scrubs - 15/10/2012

Mater Statement To Irish Times, Irish Indo and Irish Examiner Re Overdraft - 10/10/2012

Mater Statement To Re PR Fees - 03/10/2012

Mater Statement To Re Bed Closures - 03/10/2012

May 2012

Statement Issued To Irish Independent, Irish Times and Sunday Business Post: - 25/05/2012

Mater Statement Issued to Daily Mail 13th May 2012 - 13/05/2012

Children's Hospital @ Mater Will Offer Best Care To Ireland's Sickest Children - 03/05/2012

April 2012

Minister for Health announces phased opening of new Mater adult hospital - 27/04/2012

March 2012

Mater's Response To Escalation Status - 01/03/2012

February 2012

The Mater Hospital’s Family Heart Screening Clinic - 01/02/2012

January 2012

New Strategic Partnership between the Mater Hospital and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland - 31/01/2012

Press releases and statements issued by the Mater Hospital

December 2011

Update On The Dublin Academic Medical Centre - 14/12/2011

November 2011

Mater Response To Daily Mail - 03/11/2011

September 2011

Free Shuttle Bus Service to Operate to Mater Hospital - 08/09/2011

May 2011

Mater Response To Evening Herald - 06/05/2011

April 2011

Mater Smithfield Rapid Injury Clinic Celebrates 1st Anniversary - 14/04/2011

February 2011

Mater Response To - 15/02/2011

Mater Response To Irish Medical News Article - 08/02/2011

Breakthrough Findings From Irish Research Team Predict The Risk Of Recurrent Stroke - 28/03/2012

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