We hope this message finds you well.
We are grateful for your continuing support in helping to share information about COVID-19. Below are a few communications updates for you.
Public Health Measures
Cavan, Donegal and Monaghan are now at Level 4. You can see the measures that apply in these counties here.
The rest of the country remains at Level 3, but with restrictions on visitors and meeting others outside your home. You can see the measures that apply here.
New COVID-19 Campaign
The Bubble – a new social media creative and content-sharing campaign for young people will go live from October 20th. The first phase of the campaign will see TV, social and digital formats. The idea of the Bubble is to create a visual reminder for the protection we share when we follow public health actions, and how easily it can be lost. The bubble idea makes the invisible, visible. We will share a campaign Partner Pack with you next week.
Attending Healthcare Appointments
If you have a healthcare appointment in person during this time, you will see some changes. These changes are in place to keep you safe. You can watch a video here to see what you need to know.
For some appointments, you may be given the option to have a phone or video consultation instead of attending in person. This short video helps to explain how this works.
COVID-19 Guidance Documents for Vulnerable Communities
The following HPSC Guidance documents have recently been updated on the HPSC website:
This guidance is tailored for the Roma Community on how to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and manage COVID-19 cases. It applies to Roma who often live in overcrowded private housing or family hubs.
This guidance is tailored for the Traveller Community on how to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and manage COVID-19 cases.
This guidance is tailored for Homeless settings, and other vulnerable groups, including those with addiction, on how to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in these settings and manage COVID-19 cases. They can be applied in hostels or homeless hubs, including those without clinic or in-house nursing, medical or healthcare support.
This guidance is tailored for International Protection Accommodation Services, including Direct Provision, on how to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in these settings and manage COVID-19 cases.
COVID-19 Guidance for DSGBV Refuge settings will shortly be made available at:
Sláintecare, in partnership with IFIC Ireland and the HSE, is pleased to invite you to the fifth Sláintecare Integration Fund Learning Network Webinar on Thursday, 22nd October 2020 from 3:30 to 5pm. The theme of the webinar is ‘Health & Wellbeing – Empowering Citizens’.
You can register for the webinar here, please note that registration closes on the 21st October.
The webinar will share stories of projects which have a focus on prevention and on empowering people and communities to be more engaged in their own health and wellbeing. The innovation and best practice that these projects represent will be of great value to the work underway in every county to implement Healthy Ireland as a key part of the Sláintecare vision. If you require further information about this event, please contact email@example.com with the subject line “Sláintecare Integration Fund Learning Network event 22nd October 2020”.
HSE Health &Wellbeing Webinar: Keeping Well When Working From Home
This webinar will take place on Wednesday, 21st October from 12:30-1:30pm. You can register for the webinar on this link.
Many people who are working from home may not have the daily commute but are facing challenges in maintaining their health and wellbeing while working from home. The webinar will include:
-Supporting each other when working from home: Sarah McCormack, National Healthy Ireland & Staff Health & Wellbeing Lead, Strategic Planning and Transformation
-Escape your chair: Tara Curran, Irish Heart Foundation,
-Good food, good mood – healthy eating when working from home: Margaret O’Neil, National Dietetic Lead
The presentations will be followed by a question and answer session.
Next week is the final week of the Dementia: Understand Together radio partnership with IRS local radio. Recent months have been especially difficult for people living with dementia and their families. With many staying at home due to COVID-19 and services changing to help protect people from the virus, many people with dementia are missing out on social connections and activities so vital for wellbeing. Twenty interviews with people living with dementia, caring for a loved one and working to create dementia-inclusive communities, took place across ten local stations. The interviews will be shared across the station and campaign social channels next week. You can find more information on dementia and actions we can all take to support people living with dementia here.
Public Health Information
As always, for the most up to date information and advice on Coronavirus, please go to: https://www2.hse.ie/
Clinical and professional guidance relating to COVID-19 is available on www.hpsc.ie where you’ll find up to date guidance for healthcare settings and non-clinical settings.
Please also check here for the most up to date partner resources for COVID-19.
You can view the latest information on how Ireland is responding to cases of COVID-19 here.
If your organisation has any specific requests in relation to COVID-19 public health information materials, please email us at Partner.Pack@hse.ie to let us know.
We wish you good health and wellness.
HSE Communications Team