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Shedding Light on the Rhodo Problem in Killarney

Killarney Haven

This November, Killarney National Park is teaming up with Killarney Chamber of Tourism & Commerce, Haven Pharmacy and the Irish Men’s Sheds Association to help protect a vital part of Ireland’s natural heritage.

 

The initiative which was spearheaded by Haven Pharmacist and local Killarney businessman Finbarr Kennelly, will see dozens of Men’s sheds members from across the country descend upon Killarney National Park to help tackle the problem of invasive rhododendrons. It will run from November 5th to November 8th.  Through the generosity of Killarney Chamber & Hoteliers, all those attending will be accommodated and fed for the duration of their stay in Killarney.

 

Killarney National Park is one of Ireland’s natural treasures. An unspoiled habitat of lakes, mountains and unique wildlife, the Park attracts droves of tourists and visitors each year.

 

Invasive rhododendrons, whose unconstrained growth is a danger to flora and fauna, threaten the Park’s natural beauty and delicate ecosystems.

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Rhododendron ponticum, the invasive species affecting Killarney National Park, is not native to Northern Europe. Despite its attractive purple flower, Rhododendron ponticum is harmful to wildlife, dangerous to people due to its unrestricted growth, and starves other plants of sun and sustenance beneath its tall, dense thickets.

 

While Killarney National Park has been fighting a rear-guard action against rhododendrons for over 30 years, the sheer size of the 10,000-hectare park presents serious challenges. This initiative represents an innovative approach – an attempt to harness the efforts of the whole community against this threat to one of Ireland’s most-visited sites of natural beauty.

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Paul O’Neill of Killarney Chamber of Tourism & Commerce says:

“It is easy to see Killarney as a successful tourism town, but at its heart are communities of people who work together tirelessly to protect and enhance the National Park.  This initiative brings those communities together on a national scale and we are delighted to extend our hospitality to The Men’s Shed volunteers this November”

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Indepharm Chairman Keith Brennan says: “Indepharm & Haven Pharmacy partnered with Men’s Sheds earlier this year as its values and commitment to local Irish communities aligned perfectly with those of Men’s Sheds. Our member Finbarr Kennelly saw an excellent opportunity for Haven Pharmacy and Men’s Sheds to support Killarney National Park and the Killarney Chamber of Commerce in clearing the Rhododendron in the National Park. We are delighted to see the partnership at the forefront of such an important initiative and it would not have been possible were it not for the generosity of Killarney Hotels and cooperation of the Chamber.”

 

Tim Calalane, NP&WS (National Parks & Wildlife Service): There are about 3100 hectares of killarney National Park that have varying degrees of rhododendron infestation.  Currently, approx. 2300 hectares (74%) of the park is under active management preventing rhododendron from becoming re-established following initial clearances using efficient and environmentally friendly methods. This programme consists of a few different elements of which volunteers play a pivotal role.  Along with a year-round student program, Voluntary Services International also hosts four two-week work camps over the summer months and finally the Killarney Mountain Meitheal have also been working tirelessly over the last number of winters eradicating rhododendron in different locations in the park. There are also annual contracts for areas that are not suitable for volunteers to work in.

 

Barry Sheridan, CEO of the Irish Men’s Shed Association, said “it’s an absolute pleasure for us to be involved. Men’s sheds are rooted in their local communities, but they also form a national network of like-minded men. Projects such as this show just how much our shedders have to contribute”.

 

The initiative takes place under the auspices of the Killarney National Park Mountain Meitheal which is sponsored by the Trustees of Muckross House – the meitheal being an ancient Irish agricultural practice which brings rural communities together in common cause. The initiative will run from Sunday November 5th to Wednesday November 8th. The volunteers will be specifically trained in using the approved “snip and spray” method which has proven to be effective at restricting the regrowth of the invasive plants.

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Haven Pharmacy Have Joined the Christmas Campaign That Everyone Is Talking About…

Haven Pharmacy are thrilled to announce that we have joined forces with the Beaumont Hospital Foundation Ireland, for their Christmas #Knitivity campaign.

This is a fantastic initiative that invites people up and down the country to knit or crochet a Christmas character that can be sold to raise funds for the Beaumont Hospital Foundation. Each character is unique and comes in a beautiful bag, with a tag detailing the name of the person who made the character, where they are from and why they wanted to help the Beaumont Hospital Foundation.

Up to now, the pattern packs and characters were only available directly from Beaumont Hospital but they will soon be available in Haven Pharmacies across the country.

 

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Indepharm and Haven Pharmacy Chairman Keith Brennan explains why Haven Pharmacy are getting involved :

“Due to the high number of people in Ireland supporting the Knitivity campaign, Haven Pharmacy have offered to assist the Beaumont Hospital Foundation by distributing the Knitivity pattern packs and selling the characters in all of our 54 pharmacies, with 100% of the proceeds going back to Beaumont Hospital Foundation. As all Haven Members are rooted in Irish communities, we regularly get involved in local fundraising. This link with the Beaumont Hospital Foundation is the perfect opportunity for us to come together as a group for an excellent cause”

Paddy Delaney, Managing Director of Beaumont Hospital Foundation said:

“We’ve been truly amazed by the generosity of Ireland’s knitters in communities countrywide who are currently busy knitting and crocheting Santa’s, Elves and Reindeer’s for the Knitivity campaign. The gift of their time and creativity will be of enormous benefit to Beaumont Hospital Foundation in funding new and improved equipment to the hospital’s busy theatres and wards. We are very grateful  to the Haven Pharmacy group for giving us their support which will help us to reduce costs and provide us with invaluable retail space for the wonderful Knitivity products, allowing those knit locally to be sold locally”.

There are three characters available to knit and/or purchase: Monty the Reindeer, Dr. Claus and Beau the Elf. Each pack contains step by step guidelines on how to knit or crochet each character and a label to add your own personal message.

If you, or anyone you know would like to get involved, you can drop into your local Haven Pharmacy or contact Beaumont Hospital Foundation on 01 – 809 2457/email hello@beaumont.ie or visit their website

Thank You,

The Haven Pharmacy Team

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IndePharm Chairman (Keith Brennan) and Beaumont Hospital

Foundation Managing Director (Paddy Delaney)

 

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Haven Pharmacy and Irish Mens Sheds announce multi-year partnership

IndePharm, the co-operative group of pharmacies, trading under the Haven Pharmacy brand has announced its intention to partner with the Irish Mens Sheds Association in a multi-year sponsorship agreement. All members of the IndePharm co-operative are working pharmacists embedded in their own local communities – many for generations.

The announcement was made jointly by IndePharm Chairman, Keith Brennan, and Irish Mens Sheds CEO, Barry Sheridan, at IndePharm’s recent AGM in Kilkenny. “Our co-operative ethos is to help to improve the health and well-being of patients and customers in our local communities. Irish Mens Sheds complements this through its programme of activities focused on men meeting to improve their own wellbeing by keeping physically, mentally and socially active” said Keith Brennan.

IndePharm plans to significantly increase its network of pharmacies from its existing 52 Haven Pharmacy stores over the next few years. This ambitious plan is supported by a detailed programme of member supports and initiatives to further improve buying opportunities; upgrade technology platforms; build the Haven Pharmacy brand to drive enquiries to its digital channels and increase footfall in its pharmacy stores.

Irish Mens Sheds is a registered charity focused on supporting a grassroots network of sheds, workshops and meeting places for men of all ages. There are 350 sheds in 150 towns with 10,000 members across Ireland. Its patron is President Michael D Higgins.

IndePharm will provide central funding and advisory services to Irish Mens Sheds and this will be supported by Haven Pharmacies in local communities through the promotion of Health and Wellness awareness initiatives. Developing strong local ties with Mens Sheds members and their families will be actively encouraged.

 

Barry Sheridan, Irish Mens Sheds CEO, commented:
‘The IMSA is delighted to partner with IndePharm and Haven Pharmacy. This is a practical, mutually beneficial partnership which has one key focus – working together to deliver better health to communities throughout Ireland. While our member sheds cater specifically to men, the knock-on benefits to families and communities are huge, and this partnership can only strengthen those gains. Men’s sheds are grassroots, member-focused and rooted firmly in communities, so there’s an obvious synergy with IndePharm. This partnership has real potential to build on the strengths of both organisations to the benefit of Irish society as a whole’.

 

haven-mens-shedsIndePharm Chairman, Keith Brennan (left) with Mens Sheds CEO, Barry Sheridan (right)
at the announcement of a new multi-year partnership.

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Haven Annual Awards 2015

Haven Pharmacy celebrated it’s second annual Haven Pharmacy awards night on Saturday 21st November in Mount Wolseley Hotel, Carlow.  With Brian Ormond returning as MC and surprise guest Oliver Callan as entertainment it was a great success.

Attended by 400 pharmacists, staff, employees of Haven Pharmacy co-operative the night was a chance to acknowledge the hard work and recognise those who have excelled in the implementation of the Haven brand in their pharmacies.

A special thank you to all our sponsors – Clonmel Healthcare, Omega Pharma, United Drug, Cosmetic Active, UniPhar, Reckitt Benckiser, Glaxosmithkline, Ulster Bank, Fleming Medical, Meda, HMR, PCO, Visualise, Teva, Parle & Hickey, Naturalife, Sam McLernons, Ocean Healthcare. Premium Shop Fitting and PKF.

We were delighted to have raised approx. €5,400 for our chosen charity on the night Temple Street Childrens Hospital.

Congratulations to the winners in each category as shown below and to the nominees on their achievement.

  • Pharmacy of the Year – sponsored by Clonmel Healthcare

Haven Pharmacy Hickey’s, Rush, Dublin

  •  Customer Services Team of the Year – sponsored by Omega Pharma

Haven Pharmacy Brennan’s, Taylor Lane, Ballyboden, Dublin

  • Dispensary Team of the Year – sponsored by United Drug

Haven Pharmacy Connolly’s, Dungarvan, Waterford

  • Haven Ambassador of the Year – sponsored by Cosmetique Active

Sarah O’Sullivan, Haven Pharmacy Butlers Birr, Offaly

  • Pharmacy Services Team of the year – sponsored by UniPhar

Haven Pharmacy Murray’s Killiney, Dublin

  • ront of Shop Pharmacy of the Year – sponsored by Reckitt Benckiser

Haven Pharmacy Kennelly’s Tralee, Kerry

  • Top 5 and Brand Application of the Year – sponsored by Glaxosmithkline

Haven Pharmacy Moloney’s Ballyfermot, Dublin

  • Newly Branded Pharmacy of the Year – sponsored by Ulster Bank

Haven Pharmacy Burkes, Macroom, Cork

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Opening of Haven Pharmacy Duleek

Congratulations to Tom and Kathy Maher and their team on the newly opened re-branded Haven Pharmacy Duleek. Haven Pharmacy Duleek is the 42nd Haven branded store to open as part of the Haven Pharmacy co-operative group, offering their local community expert advice combined with fantastic value.

Haven Pharmacy Duleek

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Haven Pharmacy Awards

The Haven Pharmacy Awards Ceremony was held on Saturday 8th November in Lyrath Estate, Co Kilkenny. It was hosted by RTE’s Brian Ormond and was attended by 300 pharmacists, staff and employees of the Haven Pharmacy Co-operative along with industry and trade guests. Awards were presented in eight different categories including Pharmacist of the Year, Pharmacy of the Year and Haven Brand Ambassador of the year. Recognition was also given to those pharmacies nominated in each of the categories and over € 3,600 was raised on the night for the Laura Lynn Foundation. Haven Pharmacy is now celebrating its first anniversary since the first Haven Pharmacy opened its doors in December 2014. Since its launch Haven Pharmacy has been going from strength to with fifty one pharmacies in the group employing 150 pharmacists and over 400 staff.

 Haven Pharmacy Hickeys, Rush (Winners Team of the Year) Back to front, left to right: Niamh Doherty, Jamie Phillips, Jason Doherty, Nicola Cash, Eilish Ferguson, Clare Rafferty, Amy Cash, Tanya Ryan, Emma O’Brien, Anne Barnett, Pauline Doyle
Haven Pharmacy Hickeys, Rush (Winners Team of the Year) Back to front, Left to Right: Niamh Doherty, Jamie Phillips, Jason Doherty, Nicola Cash, Eilish Ferguson, Clare Rafferty, Amy Cash, Tanya Ryan, Emma O’Brien, Anne Barnett, Pauline Doyle

 Haven Pharmacy Monkstown (Winners Most Improved Pharmacy 2014) Left to Right: Lorraine Redmond,  Sinead Blake, Roma O'Loughlin, Clodagh Hurley, Janet Redmond, Jacqui Lyons, Jessica Gilroy
Haven Pharmacy Monkstown (Winners Most Improved Pharmacy 2014) Left to Right: Lorraine Redmond, Sinead Blake, Roma O’Loughlin, Clodagh Hurley, Janet Redmond, Jacqui Lyons, Jessica Gilroy

 Haven Pharmacy Greenes Rathfarnham (Winners of Best Merchandised Pharmacy of the Year and Best Top 5 & Brand Application Pharmacy 2014) Left to Right: Orla Dempsey, Jennifer Browne, Laura Greene, Nessa Greene, Geraldine Moroney, Aishling Keane,Eileen O'Mahony, Caroline Devlin
Haven Pharmacy Greenes Rathfarnham (Winners Best Merchandised Pharmacy of the Year and Best Top 5 & Brand Application Pharmacy 2014) Left to Right: Orla Dempsey, Jennifer Browne, Laura Greene, Nessa Greene, Geraldine Moroney, Aishling Keane,Eileen O’Mahony, Caroline Devlin

 Haven Pharmacy Moloneys, Ballyfermot Left to Right: Karl Bingham, Antoinette Kelly, Ailbhe Canney, Linda Buckley, Joanne Murphy (Winner Haven Ambassador of the Year), Keith Brennan, Katarzyna Krzysztalowicz, Claire Foley, Melissa O’Donnell, Robyn Doyle
Haven Pharmacy Moloneys, Ballyfermot Left to Right: Karl Bingham, Antoinette Kelly, Ailbhe Canney, Linda Buckley, Joanne Murphy (Winner Haven Ambassador of the Year), Keith Brennan, Katarzyna Krzysztalowicz, Claire Foley, Melissa O’Donnell, Robyn Doyle

 Haven Pharmacy Kennellys, Tralee Left to right: Abbi Sheridan, Helena Rusk, Owen Daly (Winner Pharmacist of the Year), Lorna O'Leary
Haven Pharmacy Kennellys, Tralee Left to right: Abbi Sheridan, Helena Rusk, Owen Daly (Winner Pharmacist of the Year), Lorna O’Leary

 Haven Pharmacy Hickeys Rush (Winners of Pharmacy of the Year) Left to right: Claire Rafferty, Niamh Doherty, Pauline Doyle, Nicola Cash, Amy Cash, Eilish Ferguson, Jamie Phillips, Tanya Ryan, Georgina Moore, Nicola Cooper, Emma O’Brien, Anne Barnett
Haven Pharmacy Hickeys Rush (Winners of Pharmacy of the Year) Left to right: Claire Rafferty, Niamh Doherty, Pauline Doyle, Nicola Cash, Amy Cash, Eilish Ferguson, Jamie Phillips, Tanya Ryan, Georgina Moore, Nicola Cooper, Emma O’Brien, Anne Barnett

Brian Ormond, Presenter on the Night
Brian Ormond, Presenter on the Night

Barry Fitzpatrick (Clonmel Healthcare), Owen Daly (Chiarman of IndePharm), Juan Fravega (Procurement Manager IndePharm), Padraig Cronin (United Drug) and Mark McInerney (General Manager IndePharm)
Barry Fitzpatrick (Clonmel Healthcare), Owen Daly (Chiarman of IndePharm), Juan Fravega (Procurement Manager IndePharm), Padraig Cronin (United Drug) and Mark McInerney (General Manager IndePharm)

Juan Fravega, Karen O’Neill, Owen Daly and Mark McInerney of IndePharm
Juan Fravega, Karen O’Neill, Owen Daly and Mark McInerney of IndePharm

Juan Fravega, IndePharm and Niall Faul of Omega Pharma (Sponsor)
Juan Fravega, IndePharm and Niall Faul of Omega Pharma (Sponsor)
Juan Fravega, Karen O’Neill, Owen Daly and Mark McInerney of IndePharm

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Pharmacists need more support on frontline – as role in patient care intensifies

  • New pharmacy co-operative, Haven Pharmacy, is calling for more recognition and support for local community health
  • New research shows that 61% of patients are going to their local pharmacist first for advice on both chronic and minor ailments
  • €2 million investment in rebranding of the group’s 40 local community pharmacies

Daragh Connolly, Chairman of Haven Pharmacy, the new co-operative pharmacy group, is calling on the HSE to recognise and support the increasing role the pharmacist plays in managing the health of local communities.

“We are becoming the first port of call for patient’s health matters and this is growing not just for minor ailments but in helping to better manage chronic conditions such as cardiovascular illness, asthma, diabetes“ said Connolly. “ It’s a big responsibility which we are more than qualified to deliver but we need the support to provide better health screenings in our pharmacies and an overall improved health service at community level.”

“The government’s Healthy Ireland initiative is looking to empower communities to make healthier choices but part of these choices will be informed by an increased relationship and dialogue with health professionals. The local community pharmacist is in a unique position to deliver on this. They have the local knowledge, they have the expertise and they already have a level of rapport and trust with the patient – and importantly their door is always open. The research we have conducted strongly highlights the true impact of the pharmacist’s role” said Connolly.

The Haven Pharmacy research was conducted in 43 local community pharmacies across Ireland. A total of 1100 interventions – consultations not relating to doctors’ prescriptions – were analysed between a patient and the pharmacist across the course of a week (Mon 12th –Sat 17th) in May 2014. Results highlighted the following:

  • 61% of patients were consulting their pharmacist about a symptom that the GP was not aware of
  • 73% of interventions resulted in treatment from the pharmacist and 24% were referred to GP
  • The majority of interventions were with women (47%) followed by men (32%) and a parent with a child under six years (21%)
  • Interventions were reasonably balanced between chronic ailments (43%) and minor ailments (57%)
  • The most common minor ailment was respiratory coughs and colds (17%)
  • Cardiovascular illness was fourth on the list of most common chronic ailments before infection and respiratory (fifth) and after gastrointestinal (third)

“One of the most significant statistics in the research is the number of patients coming to us about cardiovascular ailments, whether this was related to blood pressure or cholesterol or a related symptom” said Connolly. “Cardiovascular disease accounts for 33% of deaths in Ireland and the pharmacist can play a significant role in prevention and detection through more education and more screenings. One of our main objectives at Haven Pharmacy is to draw on our shared expertise and knowledge so we can deliver this at local level for better patient health management and health education. There’s no reason why health screenings shouldn’t become common place in all pharmacies – but we will need government and regulatory support.”

“We already know the success that flu vaccinations can have in pharmacies. We need to learn from this and recognise that the pharmacist plays an important role in community health – as we all work as one team to build a healthier Ireland” said Connolly.

Haven Pharmacy is the new brand created by the Indepharm Co-operative Group for its 46 local, independent community pharmacies based all over Ireland. €2 million has been invested to date in the rebranding of 40 pharmacies and another six pharmacies are due to be rebranded by the end of 2014. The group is the leading, fastest growing independent co-operative pharmacy group in Ireland with over 100 pharmacists, over 300 staff, practising in urban and rural areas – and dispensing more medicines than any other pharmacy group in Ireland.

Regular health screenings, health talks (inc. cholesterol, diabetes and blood pressure) and research will be a major part of the group’s overall professional service as well as on-going value offers and promotions: Haven Hot Spots and Haven Top 5.

Haven Pharmacy is focusing on local consumers who are looking for expert advice and regular offers – delivered personally by their own local pharmacist – who many of them have known and served for generations. Each of the pharmacies will remain an integral part of their local community with the autonomy to make decisions at a local level and tailor their offer for their customers –but with the backing of a national brand and national support.

Media enquiries
Ina Foley
+353 87 839 4000

Haven Pharmacy Intervention Research

Ten Most Common Ailments

1 Respiratory coughs and colds 12%
2 Minor skin ailments 12%
3 Eye, ear nose and throat (chronic) 8%
4 Respiratory – hay fever 8%
5 Chronic skin ailments 7%
6 Pain and fever 6%
7 Digestive tract 6%
8 Gastrointestinal 6%
9 Cardiovascular 4%
10 Child health 4%
11 Other 2%

Most Common Minor Ailments

1 Respiratory coughs and colds 22%
2 Minor skin 21%
3 Respiratory – hayfever 14%
4 Pain and fever 11%
5 Digestive tract 6%
6 Other 26%

Most Common Chronic Ailments

1 Eye, ear, nose and throat 19%
2 Chronic skin 17%
3 Gastrointestinal 13%
4 Cardiovascular 10%
5 Infection 8%
5 Respiratory 8%
7 Other 25%

Download the research charts & information here (PDF format)

 

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