In the future, we hope to continue to employ at least one research doctor or scientist to carry on this productive work with your support.
We have published new knowledge on the effects of treatment on acute myeloid leukaemia in the last two years. This award-winning research has been presented at the Haematology Association of Ireland, the American Society for Haematology and the European Haematology Association.
In Cork University Hospital, HERO has also provided funding to research clotting problems such as lung and leg clots in patients with blood cancers. Supported by HERO and other sources, Dr. Maeve Crowley was awarded the opportunity to present her research to the American Society for Haematology in November 2013.
Where nurses have not been able to get full support from their employer, HERO has stepped in to ensure that the nurse is able to continue with postgraduate study that will directly benefit the haematology patient. So far, HERO has funded the specialised training of several nurses in the areas of blood cancers and clotting problems. Clotting problems and blood cancer often go together. HERO has also supported nurses to present their work at Haematology Scientific Conferences.
In another initiative part-funded by HERO, nurses learned how to do a proceedure called bone marrow aspiration and trephine biopsy. This proceedure has traditionally been done by doctors. We sent two of our senior haematology nurses to the Marsden Hospital in London to do a course specifically designed to teach nurses to do this proceedure.
We audited patient satisfaction with the nurses performing bone marrow examination and found it was as good as (and sometimes better!) than the satisfaction with medical staff. This education initiative would not have happened without HERO’s support and has directly impacted and improved the quality of patient care.
The applicant should be supported by a named board member with whom the application should be discussed before submission.
Applicants must be approved for funding before they begin their training or research.
Applications for smaller sums (less than €200) may be vetted and granted by two board members outside of board meetings. Applications for sums greater than €200 are considered during board meetings. Larger applications (for sums in excess of €10,000) are reviewed by an additional outside expert. This ensures that funds are allocated to provide maximum positive impact on care of patients with blood disorders. Expert review also serves to ensure that any proposed project is of a high standard academically and in line with or ahead of current advances in the proposed area of study.
The application process begins with downloading and completing this application form and e mailing to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can donate by contacting the Department of Haematology in CUH.
If the board receives an application for funding that requires a descision before the next meeting, an early meeting may be called.
– Dr. Cleona Duggan (Secretary 2017-)
– Dr. Oonagh Gilligan,
-Ms Emma Bolger (treasurer June 2016)
-Ms Aine Herlihy
– Ms Joan Burke
Former board Members include
Dr Mary Cahill ( Secretary 2016/2017)
Dr Clodagh Ryan (Former Secetary)
Dr Joan Power
Mr Peter Franklin – retired 2016 and
Ms Eileen O’Riordan -retired treasurer 2016 and
Ms Maura Twohig retired 2015
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