6th and 7th October 2012 l The Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire
This conference was a great success, with 42 patients, carers, and interested Healthcare professionals attending from all over Ireland. The venue was fantastic, with a lovely spacious room for our talks (great views), a designated dining room for our meals, helpful staff and very comfortable bed and breakfast facilities.
Neilmed kindly sent along samples and information about sinus rinse for distribution. The Citizen’s Advice Bureau, Dun Laoghaire, provided information booklets re benefits and rates for people from Southern Ireland and Downpatrick Social Security Office provided the equivalent booklets for people from Northern Ireland. Information on specific Vasculitis diseases was supplied by The Vasculitis Foundation, (there was only a few Granulomatosis with polyangiitis leaflets left at the end of the conference), who also gave magazines, wristbands, balloons and VF logo badges. We had information on Vasculitis UK, two reference copies of their newly printed Routemap for Vasculitis, with details of how to access this either online or by purchasing directly from the Vasculitis UK website. Thank you to all these people who provided this really useful information.
The conference opened with registration, time to meet others, and to look at the information available, and purchase our newly printed Christmas cards. After a welcome lunch of soup and sandwiches (especially for those who travelled long distances),I opened the meeting with a short talk about Vasculitis Ireland Awareness Support group, how we became, what we do, what we plan to do and the importance of fundraising to keep us going.
Dr Eamonn Molloy, Consultant Rheumatologist at St. Vincent’s Hospital, Dublin was the first of our […]