Finally, there are some things we can celebrate this month; for example, the weather has been great overall, it looks like travel is starting to open up a little just in time for a Summer staycation, and, most importantly, we have suppressed COVID-19 in our communities.
However, we are far from out of the woods yet and the next major challenge we face is walking the tightrope between reopening society and avoiding a second surge of infection. Face-masks make sense to me as an option to help traverse this tightrope.
On the NIPC side, COVID-19 has brought with it some evolutions that are in many ways exciting. For example, we are planning the delivery of our ‘MySlainte’ interdisciplinary community-based lifestyle program, funded by Slaintecare, as an online/virtual intervention. If successful, this model could be one that can be more easily deployed around the country. Also, our MSc in Preventive Cardiology will be largely delivered online, which makes it even easier than before to do. I would encourage you to check it out before the next academic year.
Other developments, outlined below, include: (a) we are working hard with Croi to get the message out to patients to #JustGo to the hospital or their GP if they have concerning cardiac symptoms, (b) I encourage GPs to review our survey on heart valve disease which will collect important information on healthcare provider perspectives around the treatment of valve disease in Ireland, and finally (c) I would also recommend you check out some exciting developments around a fellowship programme for NIPC.
For the first time in Ireland, we want to establish what the experience of valvular heart disease is in general practice. We very much value your experience, views and attitudes regarding this largely overlooked condition. Progress and changes in the treatment of valvular heart disease make the disease a little less daunting and can greatly improve quality of life. We anticipate that your participation in the survey will help inform our strategy to advocate for improved access to both diagnostics and referral pathways. Please complete our anonymous, quick, 3 minute survey here. One lucky participant will receive the chance to gift €500 to a charity of their choice.