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providing theatre space.       kidney disease, how it affects people and  11th in the Rochestown Park Hotel at
           Similar arrangements are in  treatments available.                8pm. If anyone is interested in becoming
        place in Croatia and Germany.                                        involved in their local Branch, to help
        The IKA is also in favour of a  DIALYSIS ABROAD                      others, or would like to become an
        ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ Register, that is a  Please DO NOT book a holiday abroad  officer or perhaps just help in any way,
        legal consent that ICU’s can use  before making arrangements for your  then please come along on the night. If
        to determine if patients in their  dialysis. This must be done by contacting  there is anything you would like to know
        care are consenting donors or  the following: Michelle Roberts, Renal  beforehand please feel free to contact
        not.                           Virology Nurse, CUH, Tel: 021-4546400 –  any of the current officers.
                                       Beep 736 or 021-4920882; E:              Positions to be elected on the night of
        UCC TALKS TO MEDICAL STUDENTS  Michelle.Roberts@hse.ie               the AGM are: Board Member to the
           Our members are once again,   Patients need to give at least six weeks  National Board; Chairperson, Secretary
        this year, volunteering to speak  notice.                            and Treasurer of the Branch.
        to 1st and 2nd year medical                                             These positions, excluding the Board
        students in UCC. Students are  DATES FOR YOUR DIARY                  Member, also require a Vice nomnation.
        finding these talks very useful in  Cork launch of Organ Donor          Annual Golf Classic in Mitchelstown
        their studies as they are listening  Awareness Week, Thursday, March  Golf Club, Co. Cork on Friday May 26th.
        to real stories from real patients.  30th in the Rochestown Park Hotel at  Cost per team of three, including a meal
        It is not an easy thing to do,  6.30pm.                              is €150.00. To book tee times,
        standing up in front of a large  Cork branch AGM, Tuesday, April        Email: infoikacork@gmail.com
        group of people, so a special
        word of thanks to those
        members for
        volunteering...Michael Kiely,
        Annette Beston, John Hurley,
        Siobhán Buckley, Donal O’Flynn,
        Pat O’Sullivan and Hugh Nolan.
        ‘BETTER HEALTH, BETTER LIVING’
        COURSE
           On Saturday, February 25th
        the Branch started a ‘Wellness
        Programme’ in the Rochestown
        Park Hotel. The programme will
        run for 6 consecutive Saturdays
        and it is hoped that we may be
        able to run another such course
        later on in the year.
           ‘The Better Health, Better
        Living’ course is a self-
        management programme for
        people living with kidney
        disease.
           Living with a chronic health
        condition can leave people
        feeling as if they have lost
        control of their health and
        wellbeing.
           The IKA self-management
        programme is designed to help
        people learn ways of managing
        many of the symptoms common
        to those living with kidney
        disease.

        WORLD KIDNEY DAY
           World Kidney Day was held
        on March 9th and, once again,
        the Branch was to the fore in
        providing volunteers to assist
        the renal medical team in CUH,
        Cork, meeting people coming in
        and out of the hospital and
        making them more aware of
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