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Are You Pumping Too Much Iron?

 Bluebird Care is delighted to support this year's National Haemochromatosis Awareness Day which takes place on Thursday 6th June.  Below are full details of the day and where you can find out more. We took part in the official launch photo shoot in Dublin yesterday and are delighted to share some photos with you.

Shauna Coyne, Westmeath Rose, Lorna Liney, General Manager Bluebird Care and Sandra Murphy Business Owner and TV3 Midday Panellist

Shauna Coyne, Westmeath Rose, Lorna Liney, General Manager Bluebird Care and Sandra Murphy Business Owner and TV3 Midday Panellist

Paul Harrington, Eurovision Winner; Shauna Coyne, Westmeath Rose, Rose of Tralee Finalist 2013; Sandra Murphy, TV3 Midday Panelist, Businesswoman and Apprentice 2011 candidate and Irish and Leinster Rugby player Luke Fitzgerald. Photo by Marc O'Sullivan

Paul Harrington, Eurovision Winner; Shauna Coyne, Westmeath Rose, Rose of Tralee Finalist 2013; Sandra Murphy, TV3 Midday Panelist, Businesswoman and Apprentice 2011 candidate and Irish and Leinster Rugby player Luke Fitzgerald. Photo by Marc O'Sullivan

 

 

Are You Pumping Too Much Iron?

National Haemochromatosis Awareness Day on 6th June Will Save Lives 

A campaign to reduce the numbers of people dying unnecessarily from Haemochromatosis has been launched. Known as the ‘Celtic Mutation’, Ireland has the highest levels of the condition in the world.

Haemochromatosis is a genetic disorder where the body absorbs excessive iron from the diet and stores it in the body. The IHA is encouraging people who are suffering from symptoms such as chronic fatigue, joint pain, diabetes, irregular heartbeat, enlarged liver and loss of sex drive to visit their GP.

A simple blood test to check your iron status can confirm or rule out iron overload. The accumulated iron affects the liver, heart, pancreas, endocrine glands and joints, leading to impaired function of these organs and eventually to disease and organ failure. As many as one in 83 Irish people are predisposed to iron overload while one in five are carriers of the gene.

Professor Suzanne Norris, Consultant in Hepatology and Gastroenterology at St James’s Hospital says, ”Ill-health from Haemochromatosis and the development of serious complications such as cirrhosis can be prevented by simple treatment. Life expectancy in treated non-cirrhotic patients is normal.

Early diagnosis is therefore critical and Haemochromatosis is an ideal condition to consider for population screening in Ireland.”

A number of famous faces have rowed in behind the campaign. These include Luke Fitzgerald the well-known Irish and Leinster Rugby player, Dr Maurice Manning, Chancellor of NUI, Paul Harrington Eurovision Winner, Tom Doorley well known food critic, Sandra Murphy, Apprentice 2011-candidate, TV3 Midday Panellist and Cork businesswoman who is a carrier of the gene and Shauna Coyne, the recently crowned Miss Westmeath who is a Rose of Tralee finalist. Shauna’s Dad Sean has Haemochromatosis and Shauna is very committed to raising awareness of Haemochromatosis.

National Homecare company Bluebird Care have come on board to support Haemochromatosis Awareness Day by promoting it to their staff and clients in their offices in 23 counties.

There will be information stands in 32 Shopping centres.  The full list of venues taking part in the National Haemochromatosis Awareness Day can be viewed on www. haemochromatosis-ir.com. To get involved or if you have any concerns about the condition you can call the IHA support group on 01-8735911.

List of Local Shopping Centres Where IHA Information Stands Will Be Present on 6th June:

Dublin 
1. St Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre
2. The Ilac Centre, Henry St
3. Nutgrove Shopping Centre, Rathfarnham
4. Swan Centre, Rathmines
5. Ashleaf Shopping Centre, Crumlin
6. Frascati Shopping Centre, Blackrock
7. Blanchardstown Shopping Centre
8. Donaghmede Shopping Centre
9. Swords Pavilion Shopping Centre
10 Dundrum Shopping Centre
Cork:
11. Mahon Shopping Centre
12. Douglas Shopping Centre
13. Wilton Shopping Centre
Galway:
14. Corrib Shopping Centre
15. University College Hospital, Galway
16. Waterford: City Square Shopping Centre
17. Wexford: Gorey Shopping Centre
18. Roscommon: Molloy’s Pharmacy
Limerick:
19. Crescent Shopping Centre
20. Charleville Shopping Centre
21. Kilkenny: Market Cross Shopping Centre
22. Clare -Ennis- Dunne’s Shopping Centre
Louth
23. Dundalk: The Marshes Shopping Centre
24. Louth County Hospital
25. Sligo: The Tesco Arcade Shopping Centre
26. Mayo: Castlebar Hospital
27. Meath Our Lady’s Hospital Navan Hospital
Westmeath:
28. Mullingar: Harbour Place Shopping Centre
29. Athlone Town Centre Shopping Centre
30. Kerry: Tralee, Manor West Shopping Centre
31. Kildare: Newbridge Whitewater Shopping Centre
32. Monaghan: Monaghan Shopping centre

FURTHER INFORMATION

Margaret Mullett

Tel: 087-7657556

Email:  margaretmullet@gmail.com

www.haemochromatosis-ir.com

Pictured at the launch of the Annual Haemochromatosis Awareness Day which takes place on 6th June are (from back left to front) Luke Fitzgerald Irish and Leinster Rugby player; David Beggy, former Meath GAA footballer; Shauna Coyne, recently crowned-Westmeath Rose and Rose of Tralee Finalist 2013; Sandra Murphy, Apprentice 2011-candidate, TV3 Midday Panellist and Cork businesswoman; Margarett Mullett, Irish Haemochromatosis Association; Paul Harrington, Singer Songwriter & Eurovision Winner and Dr Maurice Manning, Chancellor of NUI. Photo by Marc O'Sullivan

Pictured at the launch of the Annual Haemochromatosis Awareness Day which takes place on 6th June are (from back left to front) Luke Fitzgerald Irish and Leinster Rugby player; David Beggy, former Meath GAA footballer; Shauna Coyne, recently crowned-Westmeath Rose and Rose of Tralee Finalist 2013; Sandra Murphy, Apprentice 2011-candidate, TV3 Midday Panellist and Cork businesswoman; Margarett Mullett, Irish Haemochromatosis Association; Paul Harrington, Singer Songwriter & Eurovision Winner and Dr Maurice Manning, Chancellor of NUI. Photo by Marc O'Sullivan