As we head towards winter it's time again for Alpha-1 patients to contact their GPs to get the annual flu vaccine. Vaccines are the best line of defence we have against a flu virus as the flu vaccine reduces infection and associated illnesses and hospitalisation.

For more information please see the HSE website at:

We are happy to announce the details of our Annual Patient Conference for 2010 which is taking place on Friday, October 8th, at 10.00am in Marino Institute of Education, on Griffith Avenue on the northside of Dublin city centre.

The Institute is easily accessed from the M50 and is situated on Griffith Avenue (see directions on

We encourage all patients and family members to attend this meeting. If you have any enquires please contact Kitty O’Connor at 01-8093871. We have done our best to respond to the inquiries and suggestions of patients in putting this year’s agenda together. We think that it will be an exciting and interesting meeting. We very much welcome partners and other family members. Don’t forget that you do not have any condition in isolation, it affects the whole family. Hopefully, this conference in some small way will improve your family’s understanding of the condition (please bring suitable (casual/comfortable) clothing and footwear for the relaxation workshop).

We look forward to an enthusiastic and well-attended conference and to meeting you all there.


A Charity Fashion sale will take place in aid of the Alpha One Foundation in the Glenroyal Hotel, on Friday 19th February 2010, 7.00pm - till late. 

Music with DJ, spot prizes and raffles galore. Tickets €5. Large selection of new and nearly new clothes on available on the night. Contact Kitty O'Connor on 01-8093871 for more details.


Health Service Executive (HSE) and Department of Health Swine Flu Update 30th October 2009: From Monday 2nd November the HSE will have 45 specialised clinics around the country to provide vaccinations for at risk patients whose GPs are not offering the vaccine (these are listed below along with opening times). 

Appointments for these centres can be made on the internet at from Monday 2nd of November onwards.

Clinic Address with Opening Times and Bookings

Pre-Discharge Unit, Kilcreene Hospital, Kilkenny
Nov 2nd-6th, 9am-5pm
Nov 16th-20th, 9am-5pm
St. Anne's Ward, St. Dympna's Hospital, Athy Road, Carlow Town
Nov 9th-13th, 9am-5pm
Nov 23th-27th, 9am-5pm
South Tipperary  
St. Claire's Ward, St. Luke's Hospital, Western Road, Clonmel
Mon, Tues, Wed 9am-5pm
Our Lady's Hospital, Boherclough St, Cashel
Thurs, Fri 9am-5pm
HSE Community Services, Cork Road, Waterford
Thurs 9am-5pm
Friday 9am-1pm

New Community Day Hospital, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford
Mon, Tues, Wed 9am-5pm
St. John's Community Hospital, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford
Mon-Fri 9am-5pm
Cork City
Neptune Stadium, Blackpool, Cork City
Mon, Tues 10am-4pm
Thur, Fri 10am-3pm
North Cork
Mallow GAA Complex, Mallow, Co Cork
Mon-Fri 10am-3pm
West Cork
Clonakilty Industrial Hall, Clonakilty, Co Cork
Mon-Fri 10am-3pm
St. Columbanus' Hospital, Killarney, Co. Kerry
Mon-Fri 10am-3pm
Dublin Northside
Darndale/Belcamp Community Sports Hall, behind Darndale/Belcamp Village Centre, Priorswood Rd, Darndale, D.17
Mon- Fri 9.30am-5pm
Ballymun Health Centre, Ballymun Civic Centre, Dublin 9
Mon-Fri 9.30am-5pm
St. Brendans Grangegorman Development Agency, St Brendan's Hospital, Rathdown Road, Dublin 7
Mon,Thurs,Fri 9.30am-5pm
FOLD Housing Unit, Cherryfield Lawn, Hartstown, Dublin 15
Tues,Wed 9.30am-5pm
Dublin Southside  
Bru Chaoimhín, Cork St, Dublin 8
Mon-Fri 9.30am-5pm
HSE Primary Care Centre, Rockfield Medical Centre, Balally, Dublin 16
Mon-Fri 9.30am-5pm
St. Colmcille's Hospital, Loughlinstown
Mon-Fri 9.30am-5pm
Education Centre, Tallaght Hospital, Tallaght
Mon-Fri 9.30am-5pm
Bridge House, Cherry Orchard Hospital, Dublin 10
Mon-Fri 9.30am-5pm
Ballinagh Community Centre, Main Street, Ballinagh, Co. Cavan
Nov 9th-10th, 9.30am-5pm
Nov 23rd-24th, 9.30am-5pm
Balieboro Community Centre, Shercock Road, Bailieboro
Nov 5th-6th, 9.30am-5pm
Nov 19th-20th, 9.30am-5pm
Teach na Daoine, Oriel Rd, (off Clones Road), Monaghan
Nov 2nd,3rd,4th, 9.30-5pm
Nov 16th,17th,18th, 9.30-5pm
St. Mary's Hospital, Castleblaney
Nov 11th-12th, 9.30am-5pm
Nov 25th-26th, 9.30am-5pm
Dunshaughlin Health Care Unit - Ground Floor, Dunshaughlin
Mon and Fri 9.30am-5pm
Physiotherapy Dept, Our Lady's Hospital Campus, Navan
Tue, Wed, Thur 9.30am-5pm
Louth Community Services, Dublin Rd, Dundalk, Co. Louth
Tue, Wed, Fri 9.30am-5pm
Haymarket Health Centre, John Street, Drogheda, Co. Louth
Mon and Thur 9.30am-5pm
Wicklow Health Centre, Glenside Road, Wicklow
Mon, Tues, Fri 9.30am-5pm
Newcastle Hospital, Newcastle, Greystones
Wed, Thurs 9.30am-5pm
Laois / Offaly
Riada House, Arden Road, Tullamore, Co. Offaly
Thurs, Fri 9.30am-5pm
Tribunal Rooms, St. Fintan's Hospital, Portlaoise
Mon, Tues, Wed 9.30am-5pm
Ward 1, Midland Regional Hospital, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath
Mon, Tues 9.30am-5pm
St. Joseph's Care Centre, Dublin Road, Longford (Beside MIDOC/Out Patients)
Wed, Thurs 9.30am-5pm
HSE Resource Centre, Clonbrusk, Athlone, Co. Westmeath (near B&Q)
Fri 9.30-5pm
Kildare / West Wicklow
Out Patients Department, Naas General Hospital Tel 045 981855
Tues 2pm-5pm
Thurs 9.30am-5pm
Fri 2pm-5pm
HSE Community Physiotherapy Dept, Tobartaoscain, Ennis, Co. Clare
Mon-Fri 9am-5pm
HSE Building, Ballycummin Business Park, Raheen Industrial Estate, Limerick
(Signposted from entrance to Industrial Estate)
Mon-Fri 9am-5pm

North Tipperary
HSE, The Derg Centre, Gortland Roe, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary
Mon-Fri 9am-5pm
Flat 4, Roscommon County Hospital, Roscommon Town
Mon-Fri 9am-5pm
Clinical Decision Unit, Mayo General Hospital, Castlebar, Co. Mayo
Mon-Fri 9am-5pm
Education Centre, Merlin Park Hospital, Dublin Road, Galway City
Mon-Fri 9am-5pm
Sligo / Leitrim / West Cavan
Nazareth House, Church Hill, Sligo Town
Mon-Fri 9.15am-5.15pm
Mulroy Room/Gweebarra Room, Education Centre, St Conal's, Letterkenny, Co.Donegal.