The letter has requested maternity hospitals fill out a form stating they are in compliance with new guidelines on visiting hospital settings which were released by the HSE on April 30th. File photograph: iStock

The HSE has written to the State’s 19 maternity hospitals telling them it is time to lift restrictions on visiting partners. HSE chief clinical offi(...)

The group said women who had experienced trauma or perinatal loss during a previous pregnancy were ‘disproportionately’ affected by the restrictions. File photograph: Katie Collins/PA

The exclusion of partners from maternity hospital appointments was negatively affecting pregnant women’s mental health, the Psychological Society of I(...)

“I found the pandemic very hard to deal with – I avoided going on to the wards as much as possible, drawing ire from my colleagues”

Question: I am a senior healthcare worker. I have been qualified in my discipline for more than 25 years, and my career has progressed well. My husban(...)

Ben Stiller starred in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, a film adaptation of James Thurber’s 1939 short story. ‘Fantasy serves a huge purpose for human beings and it allows us to play around with different identities and roles in our minds.’

Question: I would describe myself as the living embodiment of two well-known fictional heroes/antiheroes, both called Walter. The first being the worl(...)

Lynda  and Sé (9): She says her son has only had sporadic support over the years. Photograph: Tom Honan

Kellie’s son doesn’t speak in school, and struggles with social skills. Now in third class, he has been waiting for an assessment of need for the past(...)

‘I have withdrawn a bit from sex, but not entirely.’ Photograph: iStock

Question: Both myself and my partner, whom I met about three years ago, are in our early 30s. For nearly a full year our relationship was casual and b(...)

I just had never really paid much attention to her outlook on life. Photograph: iStock

Question: I have been in a relationship with my wife since we were both in our mid-teens, almost 30 years ago. Our lives have been very busy. All of o(...)

‘My husband is completely homophobic and has been really mean to me about it (my daughter being gay)’.

My husband is severely homophobic. My daughter (mid-teens) has had a relationship with a girl that is a couple of years older than her. My daughter ha(...)

The delayed assessment of needs for children with disabilities is a ‘national scandal’, an Oireachtas committee has heard. Photograph: Getty Images.

The delayed assessment of needs for children with disabilities is a “national scandal” and a “breach of their rights”, an Oireachtas committee has hea(...)

Gaye Cunnane: ‘What I miss most in this current climate is normal human contact, the essence of our everyday and medical world - the unmasked smile, the warmth of a handshake, the reassurance of a touch on the shoulder, the hug from a patient when a particular connection has been made.’

In a new online series, Dispatches from the frontlines, The Irish Times will share the stories and experiences of healthcare staff and other frontline(...)

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