School of Health Sciences methadone study shortlisted for awards

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WIT/HSE study focused on safe storage of oral methadone at home – an important issue given the risk of accidental consumption by children

A study which aimed to audit the effectiveness of the provision of information by pharmacies on the safety of methadone consumption and storage in the home is on the short list for a national award in March.

HSE Drugs & Alcohol Services, HSE South, in association with WIT’s School of Health Sciences have been shortlisted in the Healthcare Department Initiative Patient Safety Community Care Services category of the Irish Healthcare Centre Awards for the ‘Safe storage of Methadone in the home’ study.

‘The success in being nominated for consideration for this award is not only a tribute to the quality of the project itself, but also shows the value and importance WIT and the School of Health Science places on collaborative work with services at national, regional and local level and also valuable contribution to the project made by Dr Marie Claire Van Hout and Dr Martina Gooney,” said Professor John Wells, Head of the School of Health Sciences at WIT.

The project, which focused on results from an Irish audit of service users and pharmacists around provision of safety information around storage of methadone was completed by Dr Aidan John Horan, HSE South with Dr Marie Claire Van Hout and Dr Martina Gooney of the School of Health Sciences, WIT.

The award ceremony will take place on Friday, 11 March in the Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin. The 2016 'Irish Healthcare Centre Awards' saw a significant increase in applications and the category finalist’s shortlist was compiled following close examination of entries by a judging panel.

Now in their fourth year, these annual awards present opportunities for healthcare centres nationwide to showcase their centre to a national audience and how they strive to make their centre stand out from the rest with their dedication and commitment to the work they do on a daily basis.

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