Health promotion success

Mary Murphy

KILLARNEY local proved themselves to be a health conscious lot when they turned out in force for a special event organised by the Killarney Primary Care Team and local group Heartbeat.

The free health promotion evening at the Killarney Heights Hotel last week attracted over 200 people and showcased the range of HSE services available in the town and its surrounds.

Among the services available to the public were representatives of occupational therapy, physiotherapy, speech and language therapy and public health nurses who provided blood pressure and blood glucose tests throughout the evening.

The evening also featured HSE chef Padraig Dennehy who provided recipes for everything from healthy smoothies to nettle soup. Members of Killarney Credit Union, MABS and the Kerry Education Service also provided information.

Speaking following the event, Mary B O'Sullivan, Assistant Director Public Health Nursing Killarney, described it as a wonderful evening. "The whole thing was just amazing, not only for the people who came along but for us as well, everyone really felt energised after it," she said.

"People in general wouldn't be aware of the range of services that are available in Killarney. This is what primary care is all about, knowledge and providing people with the information that they need," she added. Ms O'Sullivan was part of a public health nursing team providing the blood pressure checks throughout the evening and she could not believe the response from the public.

"There were queues there from when we opened at 5.30pm right through until the close at half eight, we hardly got a chance to look up we were so focused on what we were doing," she said.

In fact such was the appetite for health advice in Killarney that the Primary Care Team are already considering their next public event.


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