• Figures show Take Home Naloxone is saving livesFigures show Take Home Naloxone is saving lives

    Figures published today by the Public Health Agency (PHA) have shown that in the five years since ‘Take Home Naloxone’ was introduced in Northern Ireland, the potentially life-saving medicine has been administered 112 times and has been successful in reversing an overdose on 98 occasions.

    Naloxone is a medication designed to rapidly reverse opioid overdose. It can very quickly restore normal respiration to a person whose breathing has slowed or stopped as a result of overdosing with heroin or prescription opioid pain medications.

  • Be aware of CO poisoning this summerBe aware of CO poisoning this summer

    Over the summer holidays many families will be heading off camping, caravanning or boating, so the Public Health Agency (PHA) is reminding people of the danger of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning in enclosed spaces.

  • Lifeline supplier engagement meetingLifeline supplier engagement meeting

    A Supplier Engagement Meeting for the Lifeline Crisis Response Service (LCRS) was held on Monday 3 July 2017. The presentation, along with the minutes of the meeting, are now available on the PHA website.

  • Kids learn to stay sun safe this summerKids learn to stay sun safe this summer

    The Public Health Agency (PHA) and Cancer Focus Northern Ireland have developed a short video, ‘Percy Piglet and the Summer’, to educate young children about how to take care in the sun.

    Using puppets, the video is a fun tool for parents, nurseries and play groups to engage with children age 3-6 years on sun protection. The video, accompanied by a colourful book, is aimed at young children and early years groups and is available at https://careinthesun.org/resources/video/

  • Vaccine reminder after small number of measles cases confirmedVaccine reminder after small number of measles cases confirmed

    The Public Health Agency (PHA) is reminding everyone of the importance of getting the MMR vaccine after it was notified of a small number of measles cases in Northern Ireland and an increase of cases in other countries.
    The MMR vaccine can help protect against the mumps, measles and rubella. Children should receive one dose of the MMR vaccine just after their first birthday and a second dose at aged three years and four months. The vaccine is the safest and most effective way to prevent measles infection.

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The Public Health Agency (PHA) was established in April 2009 as part of the reforms to Health and Social Care (HSC) in Northern Ireland. We are the major regional organisation for health protection and health and social wellbeing improvement. Our role also commits us to addressing the causes and associated inequalities of preventable ill-health and lack of wellbeing. We are a multi-disciplinary, multi-professional body with a strong regional and local presence.

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In fulfilling our mandate to protect public health, improve public health and social wellbeing, and reduce inequalities in health and social wellbeing, the PHA works within an operational framework of three areas: Public Health, Nursing and Allied Health Professionals, and Operations. Our corporate and business plans reflect these arrangements and our purpose as an organisation.

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Latest

Pregabalin: Guidance for people working with Pregabalin users

Wednesday, 26 July 2017 - Publication

This booklet is primarily for professionals who work with people who use Pregabalin that is not prescribed to them. 

The booklet was produced by Extern and supported by the PHA.

Regional Perinatal Mental Health Care Pathway

Tuesday, 25 July 2017 - Publication

The Regional Perinatal Mental Health Care Pathway provides guidance for all Health and Social Care (HSC) professionals who come into contact with pregnant women. In addition, each Health and Social Care Trust has developed a local...

Figures show Take Home Naloxone is saving lives

Monday, 24 July 2017 - News

Figures published today by the Public Health Agency (PHA) have shown that in the five years since ‘Take Home Naloxone’ was introduced in Northern Ireland, the potentially life-saving medicine has been administered 112 times and has been successful...

Take Home Naloxone

Monday, 24 July 2017 - Publication

If you use opiates, you can get a free Take Home Naloxone pack. This contains medicine which reverses the effects of opiate overdose and can save your life or the life of a friend.

Contact details can be found below....