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RCPI's Expert View Podcast: Hear about it directly from our specialist doctors

The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland has created a new podcast series to share useful information on a wide range of health issues during the pandemic from our specialist doctors.

Created and produced by Siobhán Creaton, Head of Public Affairs and Advocacy at RCPI, the topics discussed include practical issues about living with Covid-19 in our society ranging from testing to contact tracing.

Our experts also talk about women’s health and the need to continue to be vigilant for symptoms during this time; the link between diabetes and obesity and Covid-19 with some practical tips about how to stay well and advice on quitting smoking and general health and wellbeing supports in an easily accessible format to address concerns and help you to cope with everything that is happening. The series also includes a look at how we previously coped with the flu pandemic and the similarities with what’s happening today.

This series aims to provide helpful and trusted information from our physicians with many more topics to be explored in the months ahead.

You can listen to The Expert View on itunes, soundcloud and spotify. We hope you enjoy our podcasts!

The Expert View Podcast Heritage Centre Special: Episode 14
Pause for a Poem

In this special episode of The Expert View, Harriet Wheelock, Keeper of Collections at the RCPI Heritage Centre talks about the Pause for a Poem initiaive. Launched during the COVID-19 pandemic this online project saw doctors, healthcare professionals, academics and staff of RCPI read a piece of poetry that encouraged people to pause and take a moment of calm within their day. In all, 50 poems were included in the project including old favourites and new, original works. Harriet speaks with Dr Elizabeth Barrett, consultant in child psychiatry at the Children's University Hospital and creator of the Mindreading conference who partnered with RCPI on the project. She also speaks with Prof Chris Fitzpatrick, consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist and one of the poets included in the project, and Professor Gaye Cunnane, RCPI Director of Health and Wellbeing who discusses the benefits of taking a moment to pause.

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The Expert View Podcast: Episode 13
Dr Ellen Crushell on the return to school during COVID-19

It has been a worrying time for parents, teachers and children concerned about COVID-19. In this episode of The Expert View, Siobhan Creaton speaks with paediatrician, Dr Ellen Crushell who offers practical advice for parents about the return to school for children, including those with underlying conditions, as well as the impact on children’s health services.

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The Expert View Podcast: Episode 12
Dr Paddy Barrett on the rise of telemedicine

In this episode of The Expert View, Siobhan Creaton speaks with Cardiologist Dr Paddy Barrett who offers advice for people concerned about COVID-19 and discusses how he is using telemedicine with patients and how they can best prepare for a teleconsult.

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The Expert View Podcast: Episode 11
Dr Rachel MacCann and Dr Aoife Kirk from Irish Doctors for the Environment

In this episode of The Expert View, Dr Rachel MacCann, a Registrar working with the Infectious Diseases team in St Vincent’s Hospital and Dr Aoife Kirk, who is working with the Public Health team as part of the COVID-19 response at Dr Steevens’ Hospital, Dublin join Siobhan Creaton. Both are members of Irish Doctors for the Environment, an organization of doctors who aim to create awareness, interest and implement action around environment health and the impact it has on patients’ health. In this discussion, Drs MacCann and Kirk discuss their priorities as members of Irish Doctors of the Environment to protect health and promote policies that can improve the quality of life and health in Ireland. They also talk about their experiences of returning to Ireland to care for patients during the COVID-19 pandemic and their hopes for the future as a new Government - that includes the Green Party – adopts new policies for the years ahead.

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The Expert View Podcast: Episode 10
Dr Éanna Falvey on returning to sport during COVID-19

Dr Éanna Falvey is a Sports and Exercise Physician and Chief Medical Officer to World Rugby. In this episode of the The Expert View he discusses with Siobhán Creaton how sports from GAA to professional rugby can all continue during COVID-19 in line with public health policy. Dr Falvey details how we might begin to restart sport within Ireland during the ongoing pandemic.

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The Expert View Podcast: Episode 9
Heritage Centre Special: Dr Ida Milne talks about the 1918-1919 influenza pandemic

In this special episode of The Expert View, Harriet Wheelock, Keeper of Collections at the RCPI Heritage Centre, talks to Dr Ida Milne about the 1918-1919 influenza pandemic in Ireland. Dr Milne explains how influenza spread across the island, who it effected and how people tried to treat this disease. Dr Milne is a European History Lecturer in Carlow College and author of Stacking the Coffins, Influenza, War and Revolution in Ireland.

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The Expert View Podcast: Episode 8
Prof Emer Shelley on the process of contact tracing

Prof Emer Shelley, Dean of the Faculty of Public Health Medicine at the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, talks to Siobhan Creaton about the process of contact tracing during the Covid-19 pandemic. Prof Shelley outlines approaches from around the world and discusses why it's crucial to engage in this process, now and in the future.

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The Expert View Podcast: Episode 7
COVID-19 and women's health

Dr Cliona Murphy, Chair of the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists at the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, talks to Siobhan Creaton about the impact of COVID-19 on maternity services in Ireland. They also discuss the knock-on effect of the pandemic on the provision of gynaecology services and screening, and why women shouldn't delay contacting their doctor if they are worried about their health. 

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The Expert View Podcast: Episode 6
Meeting the needs of society's most vulnerable children

Dr Ann-Marie Hayes is a Paediatric Specialist Registrar currently working in Neonatology in the University Maternity Hospital, Limerick. She talks with Siobhán Creaton about how, in light of ongoing government formation talks and during the reopening of Ireland following the Covid-19 pandemic, the needs of children shouldn't be forgotten. Instead, she proposes that now is the time to ensure that the needs of society's most vulnerable children are acknowledged and met.

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The Expert View Podcast: Episode 5
Covid-19 testing methodologies

In this podcast, Prof Louise Burke, Dean of the Faculty of Pathology, introduces Dr Mary Keogan, Consultant Immunologist at Beaumont Hospital Dublin and National Clinical Lead for Pathology. Dr Keogan talks about testing methodologies directed towards SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19). This talk was initially delivered as part of a webinar on COVID-19 presented by RCPI Faculty of Pathology.

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The Expert View Podcast: Episode 4
Obesity and COVID-19

In this week’s The Expert View, Prof Francis Finucane talks about the link between obesity and diabetes and COVID-19 and how these risks might be addressed in the future as we learn more about this disease. Trying to eat healthily and exercise more is good medicine for everyone now to protect them in these challenging times.

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The Expert View Podcast: Episode 3
Building testing capacity 

This edition of The Expert View was first broadcast as part of a webinar from the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland’s Faculty of Pathology. Dean of the Faculty, Prof Louise Burke, introduces Dr Cillian De Gascun, Director of the National Virus Reference Laboratory and Chair of the Coronavirus Expert Advisory Group. Dr De Gascun talks about how Ireland built testing capacity during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The Expert View Podcast: Episode 2
Outdoor smoking areas 

In this episode of The Expert View we talk to Professor Des Cox, chair of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland’s Policy Group on Tobacco. On 12 May, 2020 Prof Cox sent a letter to Minister Simon Harris calling on the Government to make all outdoor areas in bars non-smoking zones as part of the reopening strategy for the current COVID-19 pandemic. Following extensive media coverage, Minister Harris stated he would consider the proposal and CMO, Dr Tony Holohan, expressed his support for the idea. Here, Siobhan Creaton, Head of Public Affairs and Advocacy at RCPI talks with Prof Cox about the need for these measures, and how they might protect the public.  

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The Expert View Podcast: Episode 1
Prof Mary Horgan on COVID-19

The Expert View Podcast is a series of interviews and discussions with experts from the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. The doctors are interviewed by Siobhán Creaton, our Head of Public Affairs and Advocacy. Our first guest was our President Professor Mary Horgan, a Consultant in Infectious Diseases at Cork University Hospital. In this episode, Professor Horgan answers questions about Covid-19 submitted by staff in RCPI. 

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Siobhán Creaton

Head of Public Affairs and Advocacy

Tel: 01 863 9797