Minister Donohoe briefed on cross border health and social care activity

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe, TD met recently with staff from the Co-operation and Working Together (CAWT) Development Centre as part of a visit a number of PEACE and INTERREG funded projects in the North West, co-ordinated by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB). Minister Donohoe was briefed on cross border health developments by Tom Daly, CAWT’s Director General and Bernie McCrory, CAWT’s Chief Officer. Key points of discussions included: • The long established nature of the CAWT Partnership which has been in operation for 24 years and comprises the Southern and Western Health and Social Care Trusts, […]

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Cross border humanitarian response course

March 2016 Health service personnel, including some military reservist doctors and nurses, participated in a  3-day cross border humanitarian response course training, which attracted participants from the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and Great Britain. The training was held in the United Nations Training School Ireland in the Curragh camp in Co. Kildare.  The course was sponsored and organised by the Co-operation and Working Together (CAWT) cross border health partnership in association with a number of Statutory and non-Governmental bodies, north and south and included participants from a range of agencies contributing to humanitarian actions, in addition to the Department of […]

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‘Ebola – Early Lessons learned’ Workshop

16 Feb 2015 A workshop entitled ‘Ebola – Early Lessons learned’ has been hosted by the United Nations Training School Ireland, the Curragh, Co. Kildare where leading medical experts have shared their knowledge and international experience of Ebola with medical staff, military and civilian. This event was attended by 35 civilian and military medical and public health professionals from a number of organisations across the Republic and Northern Ireland. In recognition of the significant learning and co-operation undertaken through this event, a reception hosted by the President of Ireland was held at Áras an Uachtaráin later that day where a […]

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Cross border humanitarian response course

8 October 2014 Health service personnel, including some military reservist doctors and nurses, participated in a  3-day cross border humanitarian response course training, which attracted participants from the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and Great Britain. The training was held in the United Nations Training School Ireland in the Curragh camp in Co. Kildare.  The course was sponsored and organised by the Co-operation and Working Together (CAWT) cross border health partnership in association with a number of Statutory and non-Governmental bodies, north and south and included participants from a range of agencies contributing to humanitarian actions, in addition to the […]

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Medics prepare for disaster response

11 October 2013 Health service personnel, including some military reservist doctors and nurses, participated in an intensive 3-day intensive specialist course for those who may be deployed to international disaster zones worldwide. The training, which attracted participants from the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and Great Britain, was held in the United Nations Training School Ireland in the Curragh camp in Co. Kildare.  The course was sponsored and organised by the Co-operation and Working Together (CAWT) cross border health partnership on behalf of Irish Aid and the Department of Defence and included participants from a range of agencies contributing to […]

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Cross border Specialist Advanced Trauma and Life Support Course

Monday 11 October 2010 Curragh camp in Co.Kildare was the location for the first cross border Specialist Advanced Trauma and Life Support course on the island of Ireland held recently.  This course provided specialist training to health service doctors and medical personnel, some of whom are military reservists. The training covered the management of sudden and severe trauma and can be applied in such settings as at the scene of major medical emergencies, natural disasters at home and abroad and UN supported peace operations in areas of conflict around the world. In total 25 medical personnel, from both Northern Ireland […]

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Emergency Services Test in the Border Region

Sunday 17 May 2009 The emergency services engaged in a series of practical medical response tests in the border region this weekend. The tests will help to ensure that the emergency services in the border region of the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland are well prepared to work together, in the event of a serious accident or natural disaster requiring a large-scale medical response. Magilligan Training camp in Co. Derry hosted the unique cross border ‘Advanced Life Support’ training and communication exercise, designed to test the ability of both ambulance services, North and South, to work co-operatively and to […]

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Testing the Cross Border Response to a Major Medical Incident

Monday 28 April 2008 A large scale cross border exercise took place in the coastal area of Ballykinler in County Down this weekend.  The exercise was organised to test the ability of both the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service and the Republic’s National Ambulance Service to respond jointly in the event of a major medical emergency in the border region. This is the first time that such an exercise has been co-ordinated in this area of the border and is a follow up an earlier test in 2007 in the North West. The exercise involved months of preparation by the ambulance […]

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Cross Border Major Medical Emergency Exercise in the North West

Saturday 21 April 2007 How would the ambulance services and hospitals respond if there was a major medical emergency which stretched the normal response capability of such services in the border region, for example in the event of a multiple vehicle transport accident or a large-scale industrial incident resulting in multiple injuries? Would the existence of the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland reduce the effectiveness of an emergency services response? These were some of the uncertainties put to the test on Saturday 21 April 2007 in a major cross border emergency exercise held in the coastal […]

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