Primary Care

  • Plans by the HSE to cut a number of posts in Primary Care services across the West will be raised with the Department of Health today.


    A meeting was held yesterday  in Mayo between unions and HSE management, where it emerged that 40 primary care posts were lost last year, with an additional 68 posts being taken out of the system this year.

    The Forsa trade union is warning that this will lead to the decimation of primary care services across the West, particularly in Mayo.


    Mayo Fianna Fail TD Dara Calleary, who highlighted these cutbacks in primary care staff ahead of the general election, says he will raise the matter today with the secretary general of the Dept of Health Jim Breslin.


    Deputy Calleary told Paula Donnellan it's unacceptable that more posts are being promised in primary care nationally, while jobs are being cut in the Western region.....

  • The HSE Mayo Primary Care Psychology Service, Community Healthcare West in association with The Mayo Suicide Prevention Alliance this week launched a new ‘Stress Control’ course which will run over 6 consecutive Tuesdays commencing Tuesday March 5th at 7.00pm in An Sportlann, Castlebar.

    ‘Stress Control’ is a course developed by Scottish Clinical Psychologist Dr. Jim White in the nineties, and it is now the most widely-used stress management course within the UK and Ireland. The course is now being delivered all over the world and it has been widely evaluated with research showing positive outcomes for those that attend. One recent study from the U.K. found that levels of anxiety and depression (i.e. stress levels) reduced by about 50% for those who attended all six sessions. This reduction was consistent whether attendees had mild, moderate or severe levels of stress before attending the course.

    Over the course of the six 90-minute evening classes, attendees will learn ways to manage their stress better. Topics covered will include controlling your body, controlling your thoughts and controlling your actions as well as dealing with panic and sleep problems.

    This course is the first of its kind to be run for the public in Co. Mayo and it is being delivered by Senior Clinical Psychologists from the HSE Mayo Primary Care Psychology Service, Community Healthcare West; Dr. William Mowlds and Dr. Jeananne Garavan. The first of six weekly classes takes place at 7.00pm on Tuesday March 5th upstairs in An Sportlann beside McHale Park, Castlebar. There is no need to book and those interested are encouraged to just come along on the night.