News from around the health services

New Chief Executive for Eye and Ear Hospital

Grace Cooke
Grace Cooke

Ms Grace Cooke has been appointed as Chief Executive of the Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital (RVEEH), Dublin. Her former management positions were as Clinical Services Manager and a member of the Executive Management team in the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Dublin and Physiotherapy Manager in the Adelaide and Meath Hospital, Dublin Incorporating the National Children’s Hospital.

Grace was chairman of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists during 2005 and 2006 and was responsible for the appointment of the current Chief Executive. She was also responsible for the strategic development of the Society.

In addition to her professional qualification, she has a Masters in Higher Education and a Masters in Business Administration.

Before joining the Irish Health Service, Grace worked as a Physiotherapist in her native Malaysia.

She has replaced Aida Whyte who has retired following 20 years of service to RVEEH.

Mater Smithfield Rapid Injury Clinic
Mater Smithfield Rapid Injury Clinic

Mater-Smithfield Rapid Injury Clinic

The Mater-Smithfield Rapid Injury Clinic is Ireland’s first-ever PUBLIC rapid injury clinic and marks an important step in the hospital’s efforts to modernise and streamline its emergency services. It forms a new layer of health service and is being piloted for six months.

The facility is designed to complement existing medical services by filling the gap between the family GP and the hospital’s frequently stretched emergency department.

Mater Smithfield Rapid Injury Clinic
Mater Smithfield Rapid Injury Clinic

The new Mater-Smithfield Rapid Injury Clinic will mean patients with minor or less serious injuries will gain quick access to highly skilled clinical teams, leaving the Emergency Department to concentrate on the more seriously ill. The clinic will have direct access to x-ray and laboratory tests and will provide a full range of urgent care services, for example; suturing, application of plaster of paris and minor surgical procedures.

The clinic has direct access to all hospital services, as the clinic is under the care of the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital. The clinic is located in Smithfield Market, Dublin 7 and its opening hours are 8am-6pm, Monday-Friday. The service is free of charge to patients who present with a valid medical card or GP referral letter and €100 for non-medical card holders.


HRMF and HMI

Cora Mc Caughan and Denis Doherty signing the Memo of Understanding between the HRMF and HMI following the March meeting of Council in Tullamore.

Cora Mc Caughan and Denis Doherty signing the Memo of Understanding
Cora Mc Caughan and Denis Doherty signing the Memo of Understanding

“Recent collaboration between the Health Risk Managers Forum (HRMF) and the HMI which has resulted in an incorporation of the HRMF into the HMI heralds the dawning of an exciting era of dialogue and debate” says Cora Mc Caughan, Chairperson, HRMF.

Members of HMI are eligible for membership of the Healthcare Risk Manager’ Forum (HRMF). If you would like to become a member or to find out more information, please contact Mr. JP Kehoe, Secretary, HRMF. jp.kehoe@hse.ie

Marie Keane
Marie Keane

Ms. Marie Keane

Ms. Marie Keane who has been appointed Deputy Chief Executive/Head of Operations of Beaumont Hospital in Dublin.   Ms. Keane was formerly Director of Nursing at the Hospital.  She is a former Council Member of the HMI.


Ms. Margaret Swords
Ms. Margaret Swords who has been seconded to the role of General Manager of the Louth/Meath group of hospitals, with effect from May 4, 2010, for a two-year period. Ms. Swords was formerly Deputy Chief Executive/Head of Operations in Beaumont Hospital.