The  VHI Swiftcare centre at Dundum, Dublin. The VHI has decided to restrict use of its  clinics to its own members

It was convenient while it lasted, but families across the State will only have limited access to VHI Swiftcare clinics from September. Operating in D(...)

“It’s not that I don’t know how to do it? It’s just that it’s never come up before. I mean, everyone knows the words to, ‘Ten, nine, eight, seven, six…’ don’t they? But who has ever had to count backwards from 20 before?”

The anaesthetist is a total knockout – no pun intended. “Now,” she goes, “when I give you the injection, I want you to count backwards from 20.” I’(...)

“Ross, how long have you had problems with your hip? I’ve been listening to that thing clicking for 10 years or more.”

So I’m standing on the stairs of a gaff in technically Cornelscourt, trying to reassure this nice couple that the property morket isn’t going to colla(...)

Mary Paula Walsh: wrote two books on bereavement – ‘Living After A Death’ and ‘Helping Your Child Through Bereavement’ – both of which have given people the freedom to explore grief in all its complexity

Obituary for the Irish Times (April 30, 1941-April 17, 2017) “I swear I will not dishonor my soul with hatred, but offer myself humbly as a guardian (...)

The late Malak Thawley with her husband Alan. An inquest into her death  heard vascular clamps were not available at Holles Street and were sent there from the Blackrock Clinic with a garda escort during emergency surgery to try  save her life. File photograph: Facebook

Surgery to save the life of a pregnant woman was underway only minutes when unexpected bleeding was discovered, an inquest into the 34-year-old woman’(...)

The Coombe maternity hospital in Dublin charges a reasonable parking rate of €2.50 for up to four hours, and a special daily rate for the day of delivery of €7.50. Photograph: Alan Betson

You’re sitting in the waiting-room, nervous and stressed about a procedure or a meeting with a doctor, and you suddenly wonder whether you brought eno(...)

Anna Pupin  with her husband Bartosz Romanowski and their three-year-old son Jan. Photograph: Dave Meehan

When Anna Pupin was 17 years old she spent her summer holidays hanging out in a house in Glenageary. The sporty teenager was facing into her final yea(...)

The RTÉ campus in Donnybrook: some 8.64 acres of the national broadcaster’s grounds are to be sold off for housing. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Has anyone considered locating the new National Maternity Hospital (NMH) at RTÉ? Space is now available there. It was not last November when the curre(...)

The Catholic church has played a leading role in the development of healthcare in Ireland over many years, but critics feel its direct involvement should now come to an end. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

I thought the row over moving the National Maternity Hospital (NMH) from Holles Street to St Vincent’s was settled. So why is it in the news again? T(...)

Flynn used his company Benray to buy a stake in Blackrock Clinic in 2006. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A receiver appointed by a Larry Goodman-controlled company is selling developer John Flynn’s stake in Blackrock Clinic, the high-profile private hospi(...)