ENT National Clinical Programme wins Best Educational Project in Primary Care at recent Irish Healthcare Awards

The National Clinical Programme for ENT Education in Primary Care was awarded the Best Educational Project for 2018 in Primary Care, at the recent Irish Healthcare Awards in October. Ms Camilla Carroll, the National Clinical Lead, in collaboration with Professor Nash Patil at Sligo University Hospital and Mr Martin Donnelly at Waterford University Hospital trained 60 primary care healthcare professionals in the technique of ear suctioning.

The aim of this integrated care programme is to develop a national network of credentialed primary care practicitoners, empowered to deliver an adult ear - suction service for common ear conditions in a primary care setting. The patient maintains their connection with their primary care provider and this re-directed delivery of care would have a significant impact on reducing the demand for ENT OPD services, freeing-up the hospital based ENT surgeon to see, treat and manage patients with more complex conditions.

The pilot programme was funded by the HSE, through the National Clinical Programme in Surgery. It is envisaged that 1,200 patients will have been treated in the primary care setting, upon completion of this pilot programme, by March 2019. These patients would previously have had to attend a hospital based ENT Surgeon for delivery of care.

This is estimated to be in the region of 32,000 patients per annum.

The Fifty Ninth Annual Meeting of the Irish Otorhinolaryngology / Head and Neck Society

The Fifty Ninth Annual Meeting of the Irish Otorhinolaryngology / Head and Neck Society will be held in the unique setting of the Galgorm resort in Ballymena, Co. Antrim, thirty minutes north of Belfast.

We are delighted to welcome the 2018 Wilde discourser Blake Papsin from Canada, Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology at the University of Toronto and the Otolaryngologist-in- Chief at The Hospital for Sick Children where he has been a full-time consultant since July 1996 and led the Cochlear Implant Program. Dr Papsin has published over 220 peer-reviewed journal articles, 47 book chapters and has spoken widely on the subject of surgical rehabilitation of hearing loss.

The IOS annual meeting is a forum for specialist registrar presentations, consultant round table discussions and invited speakers, which this year includes Ben Hartley, Otolaryngologist from Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children.

Abstract submissions and meeting registration are encouraged through the IOS webpage link below which includes details of a social programme with optional tour of the North Antrim coast on Friday for significant others. The black tie gala dinner on Friday night will be located in the Great Hall at Galgorm immediately after the Wilde discourse and is a ticketed event only. We are hoping to take credit card payments on arrival for conference fees and dinner tickets.

Please buy your dinner ticket with your conference registration. Hotel room reservations at conference rate are encouraged through the www.galgorm.com webpage. Cottages and cabins are held on our behalf and may be of interest to groups of trainees; the agreed prices are listed below:

  • 3 x Fisherman Cottages @ £140.00 per cottage per night (sleeps 2 per cottage – can be set up either as twin room or double). Link
  • 2 x Riverside Log Cabins @ £360.00 per cabin per night (sleeps either 4 or 8 guests – can be 4 double beds for single occupancy or 4 double beds for shared occupancy. Please note these beds cannot be made into twins) Link
A warm Northern Irish welcome is extended to all, from your President Ms. Cate Scally FRCS.


By Car

From Belfast (30-40 Minutes) Take M2. Take the turnoff for A26 to Ballymena. Travel along the A26 for approximately 5 miles. Take turnoff on the left sign posted for County Hall. Continue straight ahead at the 3 mini roundabouts. At the end of the road, just past the County Hall keep left at the 2 mini roundabouts. At the next roundabout take the third off (Fenaghy Road) Galgorm Resort & Spa is approximately 2 miles along the left.

By train

There are two train stations nearby; Ballymena/Cullybackey.
Cullybackey station is 3-minute car journey away.
Ballymena station is an 11-minute car journey

Photos by Oliver OFlanagan