Archive for: December, 2019

Consultation launched on regulation of gambling in Northern Ireland

The Department for Communities (DfC) has launched a consultation on gambling law in Northern Ireland. The public and stakeholders are being consulted on the effectiveness of the current legislation. Article continues below The Department is also seeking to identify changes which should be included in any new gambling legislation.     Launching the consultation, Tracy […]

Local team transforming antibiotic care at home

An estimated 2,766 days which people may have otherwise spent in Southern Trust hospitals were avoided last year thanks to a new service managing antibiotic treatments at home. The Outpatient Parenteral Antimicrobial Therapy Service (OPAT) is a team of microbiologists, pharmacists and nurses who look after patients being discharged with ongoing antibiotics – for example […]

Make it your New Year’s Resolution to quit smoking

As the New Year approaches, the Public Health Agency (PHA) is encouraging people to make a resolution worth keeping – quitting smoking. The PHA is currently running a mass media campaign to encourage people to stop smoking and highlight the free quit services that are available across Northern Ireland. Article continues below Colette Rogers, Strategic […]

Annual drop in alcohol-specific deaths

The number of alcohol-specific deaths in Northern Ireland has fallen for the first time since 2013, however, the 2018 total remains the third-highest on record. This is one of the findings of the statistics published by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA). Article continues below The statistics show that, in 2018, 284 of […]

‘Towards Zero Suicide’ launches in Northern Ireland

A new programme to improve patient safety and reduce suicide rates has launched in Northern Ireland. Towards Zero Suicide Patient Safety Collaborative involves all five Trusts and Prisons and aims to research and adopt best practice in suicide prevention work across mental health services and the prison population. Article continues below Zero Suicide within mental […]

Newry’s Daisy Hill Hospital volunteers ‘Here to Help’ people with sensory issues

The Southern Trust has been working with a service user with sensory difficulties to improve the visibility of its hospital volunteers.  ‘Here to Help’ volunteers are based in the foyer of both Daisy Hill and Craigavon Area Hospital and are available to help visitors find their way and give directions. Article continues below The Trust […]

Newry house fire being treated as deliberate by police

Newry burglary: 5 masked intruders prevent occupants from leaving while ransacking house - Newry news

Detectives are appealing for information following a report of arson in the Boat Street area of Newry. The incident happened on Friday 27 December. Article continues below Speaking to Newry Times, Detective Sergeant Bell said, “At around 12:20pm, it was reported that a window of a property in the area had been smashed and a […]

No good news as Stormont’s three-year absence takes toll on human rights

The absence of the Northern Ireland Assembly and Executive has left outstanding human rights issues to ‘drift indefinitely’, a new report by the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission states. The report highlights a lack of progress on human rights in Northern Ireland in 2019. At the launch, the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and […]

Six Newry tech companies travel to Berlin to expand into new markets

Six technology companies, all clients of Newry & Mourne Enterprise Agency (NMEA), have just returned from Berlin where they were part of the Innovate Accelerate Europe Programme, a new cross-border initiative providing specialist support to help local companies seeking to expand into new markets. The NMEA companies on the four-day trip were Field Motion, Kelly […]

Newry BID awards Newry Vincent’s for magical Christmas window display

Following the news that Vincent’s on Mill Street Newry scooped Bronze in this year’s St Vincent de Paul Window Display, the staff and volunteers have now been awarded Bronze by Newry BID for their festive Christmas Window Display. Speaking to Newry Times, Paula Clarke, Vincent’s Manager said, “Apparently there were lots of entries for the […]

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