by Joe Caslin

The Mater Hospital, HSE and Safetynet open a Covid-19 Community Assessment Hub aimed at caring for those experiencing homelessness and others unable to access treatment


Minister for Health opens new Hub at the Mater which will care and treat the most marginalised in the inner city

8th May 2020 


Coverage Report: Covid Hub Launch

08 May 2020

Homeless support groups making contingency plans for the spread of Covid-19
Homeless support organisations are making contingency plans for the spread of Covid-19 among those in emergency accommodation and accessing night services.

It came as calls increased for extra capacity within homeless services to cater for an outbreak, with one organisation CEO querying whether the government should be checking on the availability of hotels or the capacity of the Army to erect a field hospital if required.

Fiona O'Reilly, CEO of Safetynet Primary Care, which has outreach teams that deal with the medical issues of those sleeping rough, said immediate issues that needed to be decided included drop-in centres, provision of food parcels, and transport for those who may begin to show symptoms.

A new homeless outreach epilepsy project, run by consultant neurologist Dr Colin Doherty, together with Cara Synnott, Advanced Nurse Practitioner, Dr Elizabeth Doran, Specialist Registrar and Dr Cliona Ni Cheallaigh Consultant in Inclusion Health at St James’s Hospital, in partnership with Safetynet GP Dr Enda Barron, aims to reduce ED visits by the homeless by 30 per cent and improve overall care for this group by providing an outreach epilepsy service in the community ...

There are clear victims here – the men, women and children who were forced to flee their homes, Dr Fiona O’Reilly writes....

The Irish Medical Times Special Report
In the alleys and shadows, Street medicine heals the homeless covers a story which mentions St. James's Hospital. 
Mobile x-ray unit launches TB testing clinic
RTE highlights primary care for homeless people
Mobile health unit provides primary care for Dublin's homeless people
'Safety Net': providing primary healthcare for the homeless
Midlands woman 'would not be dead' if local drug treatment was available

The Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health was told today there is an urgent need for the link between ill health and homelessness to be recognised.

GAA, knitting and English classes help Syrians start their new lives in Ireland

Coming from a country destroyed by bombs and air strikes, many of these people have not only lost all their worldly possessions, but their livelihoods too. Businesses and homes have been turned to rubble.

'The life of a doctor without borders'
Darragh Bermingham - Irish Examiner
21 January 2020

GP Maitiu Ó Tuathail travels across Ireland to be the first point of contact for newly arrived refugees. He hears stories of rape and torture ...

Press Release: 16th December 2019
Affidea Donate MRI scans to Safetynet Primary Care for people experiencing Homelessness, Asylum Seekers and Refugees

Today Affidea Ireland have announced that they are to partner with Safetynet Primary care, a medical charity that provides medical care to Ireland's most marginalised. 


Disease Surveillance Report of HPSC, Ireland

Volume 20, Issue 11  November 2019 covers a story which mentions St. James's Hospital. 
Mobile x-ray unit in Ireland used for tuberculosis screening
Safetynet director Fiona O´Reilly interviewed on RTE's Late Late Show
Fiona joins Ryan Tubridy to discuss Safetynet's response to the severe weather, and the opportunity it provides to engage with people who had not previously used the service

Fiona O’Reilly (Safetynet GM) in art advocacy calling for addiction to be treated as a health care issue not a criminal one.

Why do we need the Controlled Drugs & Harm Reduction Bill? Watch this short video to find out
Austin O’Carroll, Safetynet Medical Director, recently gave a Ted Talk, Austin's talk is centred on the psychological approach homeless people take when deciding to choose healthcare. He discusses the barriers that we as society have built to prevent easy access to fundamental healthcare treatment. Austin's findings present recommendations and solutions that are universal to Ireland and the rest of the world.
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