During this unprecedented time, we encourage all to follow Government guidelines and to stay at home. The mPower staff who are clinically trained have been diverted to work in support of the front-line services during this pandemic. The rest of our teams are working from home to keep both themselves and the public they serve healthy. Our support continues, mostly via telephone and digital communication and we encourage all who need support to get in touch with your local mPower contact. Contact details can be found here. As a project we support those who are most vulnerable to the virus, and therefore want to do all we can to help and support in any way we can.
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Drogheda Physiotherapists are offering Ireland’s first live virtual home-based Pulmonary Rehabilitation Programme for COPD patients as part of the mPower project delivering digital interventions. The live, interactive classes which started in November allow beneficiaries to exercise in the comfort of their own home. Classes are streamed live from the Tech Hub in Drogheda’s Boyne Primary Care Centre live to the individual’s home alleviating the inconvenience and cost of travelling to a hospital or community centre.
The virtual classes also use NHS Attend Anywhere, and Drogheda is the first hospital to use this technology in this form. Most tend to use it for virtual consultations, appointments or clinics. Speaking after the first week of classes Cathy Gillen, Respiratory Clinical Specialist, said: “So far the classes have been well received and the feedback from the participants has been overwhelmingly positive. People are enjoying the interactive nature of the class as well as the opportunity to exercise with guidance in the comfort of their own home”.