Killing the virus in the air can help Irish businesses get back to work

McGreal’s pharmacy chain was so impressed with the benefits of Irish-made Novaerus technology during Covid-19 that they now sell the units

Kilian McGreal: “We felt that installing the devices in our outlets was the right thing to do in terms of going the extra mile to protect staff and customers”

By the time the St Patrick’s Day festival was cancelled in early March, Kilian McGreal knew what was coming. As Covid-19 began to bite down on businesses and communities, the owner of the McGreal’s Pharmacy group moved quickly, managing to secure a bulk supply of the PPE equipment he knew his staff and customers would soon need. 

In addition to stocking up on masks and hand sanitizer, McGreal’s became one of the first businesses in Ireland to install perspex screens in their 11 outlets across Leinster. They then implemented a range of measures, novel at the time but all too familiar now: one customer at a time, card payments only, spaced-out queuing, rigorous surface decontamination.

“The new rules took a little getting used to but everyone was reassured, both customers and our hard-working staff,” says McGreal. “People got the hang of things and business remained steady. We had taken steps to maintain hand and surface hygiene and then I decided to close the loop by addressing the third crucial element – air.”

The Dublin-based air disinfection specialists Novaerus had approached McGreal’s to demonstrate its range of medical-grade air disinfection units. The company explained how viruses such as Covid-19 can be transported along air currents, dispersing over absolute undefined distances and swirling in the air, where they can be inhaled. This process is known as ‘aerosol’ transmission.

Airborne spread of virus

“One of the transmission methods for Covid-19 is respiratory droplets that are caused by people simply breathing or coughing and sneezing, which is why we keep our (social) distance, wash our hands and disinfect surfaces,” says McGreal. “But many health authorities are considering the possibility that the virus also travels through the air and can infect people who breathe it in,” says McGreal. 

The scientist who spearheaded the discovery of the Ebola virus warned that the coronavirus was highly infectious due to the amount of virus in the throat and that it was something you could catch by talking to somebody.

As part of the prevention process, a ‘kill’ technology is required to disinfect air, not just a filtering process. Novaerus technology does just that – kills airborne decontaminates including viruses.

“We have patented a non-selective killing technology that combines rapid air disinfection and purification in a single portable device,” says Michael Corr of Novaerus, which is part of the WellAir organisation, also headquartered in Ireland. 

“Our devices use a patented ultra-low energy plasma technology that laboratory studies have shown eliminates 99.99 per cent of MS2 Bacteriophage, a surrogate for SARS-CoV-2, the virus causing  Covid-19,” says Corr. 

Manufactured in Portlaoise, the Novaerus devices are compact (the entry-level model is about the size of a shoebox), and can easily be moved from room to room – you simply plug and play.

Novaerus Protect 200 mounted to wall in small office space

“The units are completely safe with no harmful by-products, they require little maintenance, and use less energy than a 40-watt light bulb,” says Corr. “We manufacture three products; the NV200, the NV800 and the top-of-the-line Defend 1050. The technology has been independently tested by more than 30 laboratories and credited with a kill rate of 99.99 per cent on airborne viruses and bacteria.”

Irish firms getting back to work

For any Irish business looking to reboot as part of the post-Covid economy, this is eye-catching news. 

Around Ireland, shops and offices, schools and creches, doctors’ and dental surgeries, solicitors’ firms, tech companies, healthcare facilities, factories, anywhere in fact that large numbers of people share an indoor space, are all grappling with issues of safety, hygiene, and reassurance.

Novaerus Defend 1050 combines rapid air dis-infection and purification into a powerful and safe portable device for larger spaces. 

The role of clean, disinfected air in preventing the spread of Covid-19 might be catching on in Ireland, but elsewhere it is a well-established fact of life and business. 

“Novaerus technology has already been recognised and officially registered by Chinese health authorities; the Irish-made devices are installed in 4 out of 5 ambulances in Seoul, South Korea, while the Karolinska Institute in Sweden (which issues the Nobel Prize) is currently undergoing an intense study. All told, Novaerus products are deployed in 58 countries worldwide,” says Corr. 

Here, Novaerus technology is helping Irish companies in multiple sectors to get back to work. 

Novaerus is closing the infection prevention loop by adding air disinfection as the final piece of the jigsaw

“We felt that installing the devices in our outlets was the right thing to do in terms of going the extra mile to protect staff and customers,” says McGreal. “But I also felt it would help the business get through a difficult time and that hunch was 100 per cent correct. 

“During Covid-19, our group traded significantly above the industry average,” he adds. “We also saw a huge growth in online engagement, with the Novaerus products a major source of interest and an actual point of differentiation in the hygiene space. 

“It started to occur to us that not only home users but other businesses may benefit from the technology,” says McGreal. “The Novaerus technology can not only help with the current viral outbreak but reduces all indoor air contaminates including bacteria, fungi, spores, etc. This led to a conversation with Novaerus about us taking on national distribution for them, and here we are.” 

As official supplier, McGreals have sold to industries and clients in health food, pubs and restaurants, professional services (offices), retail and shopping centres, veterinary, cosmetic surgery, dermatology, opticians, solicitors, undertakers, and other pharmacies. 

One business is The Temple Bar Company, which represents one of the busiest and most trafficked areas in the country. Martin Harte, CEO says: “Getting Temple Bar back open for business in a safe and compliant manner is paramount for us. We have done extensive research on what we can do to reach the highest safety and hygiene standards. As a group, we reviewed a wide range of Irish designed and developed products and we chose Novaerus as they exceed our requirements by increasing the air sanitation of the premises and the overall wellbeing of the environment for our members employees and their customers.” 

Manufacture of the devices has increased substantially at Novaerus’ Portlaoise facility as demand for the technology surges. And as more businesses both at home and abroad look at ways of safely opening offices and other indoor spaces, interest seems likely to grow. 

“In terms of killing the virus in the air, in our opinion there’s nothing out there that comes close,” says McGreal. “Traditionally, surface and hand decontamination has been the standard but now on a global scale, Novaerus is closing the infection prevention loop by adding air dis-infection as the final piece of the jigsaw.”


For more information on the Novaerus air dis-infection devices, call the McGreals Group on +353 (0)45 397 202, email novaerus@mcgreals.ie or visit mcgreals.ie/novaerus/

Top 10 Inhaler Tips from The Asthma Society of Ireland

  1. Talk to your healthcare professional about your medication and device technique. Ask them which inhaler to use first and how long to wait between each inhalation
  2. Clarify medication dose, when to take your inhaler and what to do if breathing symptoms deteriorate
  3. Talk to them about the importance of checking inhaler technique REGULARLY
  4. Discuss how and when to clean the device
  5. Consider expiry dates of the device. Ask them if your device is reusable; if there is a discard date and how to discard the device.
  1. Discuss safe storage and disposal of the device
  2. Ask them how to prime the device
  3. Ask what to do if your device malfunctions
  4. Discuss the signs for an empty device and when it needs to be replaced
  5. Ask them for patient information, Asthma Society resources or for a referral if necessary.

Unique air disinfection device proven to kill viruses in the air

A unique air disinfection product designed and manufactured in Ireland by the Irish company Novaerus, is now available for businesses and the general public through the McGreals Pharmacy Group, a healthcare focused business based in Co. Wicklow.

The product which has been endorsed by Enterprise Ireland is being used in hospitals and health care settings around the world including Wuhan, China. Following increased interest and demand in Ireland from consumers and businesses, Novaerus approached the McGreals Pharmacy Group to bring the product to the Irish retail market.

This ground breaking air disinfection device decontaminates the air and kills any airborne viruses and bacteria. It is patented and has a unique design scientifically proven for airborne infection prevention.

It closes the loop in terms of the importance of disinfecting hands and surfaces and now that third crucial element, air. By drawing air through the clinically proven and patented Air Plasma field it immediately destroys airborne viruses – all while using less energy than a 40 watt light bulb.

With no harmful by products, they are safe for use around children, the elderly, and the sick. They are simple to use, low maintenance and highly effective for rapid or continuous infection control, odour mitigation and particle reduction.

County Meath based vet, Dr. Fionnuala Fallon, has recently purchased a unit through the McGreals Pharmacy Group for her practice, Park Pets Veterinary Clinic Kinnegad, which is helping her to provide the safest working environment possible for her staff and customers.

Dr. Fallon, said, “Since the government issued guidelines, and included veterinary practices on their list of essential services, we have made changes to how we operate our veterinary clinics. All cases are triaged by telephone, and only urgent cases are seen at present. Where we do have to see an urgent case we ensure we follow strict Covid-19 guidelines and social distancing measures are in place at this time to protect clients and staff.

We are, of course, using high grade disinfectants and hand sanitizers. We do not allow routine visits to hospitalised patients as per government guidelines, but there are occasions when clients must come in to see their pets – especially if they are critically ill. Sometimes we need to perform euthanasias, and clients wish to say goodbye.

We wear PPE in these rare instances, and in a further effort to keep my staff and clients safe I decided to purchase the groundbreaking air disinfection unit for the clinic. We are aware that guidelines will relax at some point, and the air disinfection unit will continue to provide a cutting edge level of disinfection for our staff, clients and patients on an ongoing basis.”

This innovative technology has also been at the forefront of fighting the coronavirus in China following donations of several units to two hospitals in Wuhan.

Michael Corr, Novaerus Director of Business Development, said, ”Due to the growing concerns over the coronavirus presence in Ireland and following a recent Irish times article and interview on the RTE news highlighting our support against the virus in other countries including its origin in China, we received many requests for our devices from the general public and retail businesses.

As an Irish company based in Dublin with our manufacturing in Portlaoise, our success is through channel partners across the world. We needed a partner to help us support the Irish public and retail businesses to receive our technology quickly and efficiently and that’s why I approached Kilian McGreal at the McGreals Pharmacy Group. We are now working with the McGreals Group to help both businesses and people in their own homes. It’s a real success story! “

Kilian McGreal, Managing Director of the McGreals Pharmacy Group, said, “We are delighted to be working with Novaerus to bring this product to the Irish retail market. Having installed the units in all of our pharmacies; we know we are protecting the health of our team and customers by providing the safest environment possible”.

To buy a Novaerus air disinfection unit you can contact the McGreals Pharmacy Group directly on 085 763 2247 or email info@mcgreals.ie

Healthy Eating for Wellness & Immunity

The key messages from Healthy Food for Life are:


➔ Eat more vegetables, salad and fruit – Up to seven servings a day.
➔ Limit intake of high fat, sugar, salt (HFSS) food and drinks.
➔ Size matters: Use the food pyramid as a guide for serving sizes.
➔ Increase your physical activity levels.
➔ Small changes can make a big difference.
➔ Start TODAY!

Healthy food pyramid

As well as ‘Fuelling’ Properly through a Balanced and Varied Diet,
→ Micronutrients are essential to support a healthy immune system, particularly Vitamins A, C, D, E, B2, B6, and B12, Folic Acid, Iron, Selenium, and Zinc
Vitamin C:
■ Found in: Most Fruit & Vegetables particularly Citrus fruits, Berries, Kiwifruit, Greens such as Broccoli,
Brussels Sprouts etc.○ Vitamin A:
■ Found in: Leafy Green Veg, Yellow, Orange, Red coloured Fruits and Vegetables, Cod liver oil, Milk, Eggs.
Vitamin E:
■ Found in: Plant Oils, Nuts, Seeds, Wholegrains.
B Complex Vitamins:
■ Wholegrain Cereals, Legumes, Leafy Green Veg., Eggs, Dairy, Fish, Meat, Organ Meat, Mushrooms, Nuts.
Zinc:
■ Found in: Meat, Shellfish, Dairy, Eggs, Nuts, Seeds, Legumes, Wholegrains.
Selenium:
■ Seafood, Organ Meats, Wholegrains, Dairy, Meat, Eggs.
Iron:
■ Red Meat, Fish, Poultry, Dark Green Leafy Veg., Nuts, Beans, Fortified Foods.

For further advice, chat to our Clinical Nutritionist Cliona McCarthy

FREE CPR TRAINING

Learn how to respond to a cardiac emergency.

McGreals Pharmacy will be offering an opportunity for you to learn CPR, in our Blessington, Baltinglass, Newbridge, Monasterevin and Portarlington stores.

McGreals Pharmacy, Curragh Grange, Newbridge, Co. Kildare Wednesday 26th February from 7-8pm.

McGreals Pharmacy, Mcgreals Primary Care Centre, Blessington, Co Wicklow Thursday 27th February from 6-7pm.

Baltinglass Pharmacy, Mill Street, Baltinglass, Co Wicklow Tuesday 3rd March from 7-8pm.

Monasterevin Pharmacy, Watermill Place, Monasterevin, Co Kildare Tuesday 10th March from 6.30-7.30pm

McGreals Pharmacy, Primary Care Centre, Kilnacourt, Portarlington, Co Laois Thursday 5th March from 6-7pm

You will be shown the basics of CPR by two Wicklow First Responders and the correct procedure to follow in an emergency. The following topics will be covered on the night.

Adult Chest Compressions
Adult Breaths
Adult Pocket Face Mask
Adult Practice
Adult Defibrillation
Adult Choking
Child CPR
Infant CPR
Child Choking
Infant Choking

This FREE training event is open to all members of the public,
People of any age are more than welcome to attend.

Sign up in store or on our facebook event page.

McGreals are proud to have a defibrillator outside our Pharmacies in Baltinglass (above), Blessington, Portarlington and Newbridge.

Clinical Nutrition Consultations at McGreals

Your diet and lifestyle can impact your life in many ways and plays a powerful role in helping you to achieve a healthier body and mindset. But knowing what to eat, when to eat and how to achieve a better lifestyle balance can often be confusing.

Through positive and clear advice on dietary and lifestyle management, our Clinical Nutrition Consultations and programmes can help you to:

  • Achieve a healthy balanced diet  
  • Prevent and reduce illness throughout your life   
  • Improve your wellbeing 

Nutrional Consultation Costs 

  • The initial Nutritional Consultation is free. This includes Body Composition Analysis and Interpretation (BCA is an accurate analysis of your body make up including muscle, fat and water content), a detailed dietary overview and analysis and overall recommendation.
  • Follow Up Sessions – Four sessions for €99 or €25 for one session
Renpho Body Composition Analysis Scales used in initial Consultation

To Book Your Nutritional Consultation visit mcgreals.ie or call 0818 714 714.

Hospital Grade Breast Pump Rental

Official Ardo hospital grade Breast pump now available to rent at McGreals Primary Care Centre Pharmacy, Blessington, Co Wicklow.

Online booking is essential – book your breast pump rental here

Get access at home to the breastpump used and endorsed by maternity wards across the country

The Carum breastpump features a closed system hospital-grade breastpump

Simple to use – complete control over speed and suction

Sensitive settings to help mums with tender breasts or nipples.

Discover Contact Lenses

1. Eye Test

As long as you have a valid prescription that’s within the expiry date, you won’t need another Eye Test to get contact lenses. If you haven’t had a test in a while, it’s easy to book an appointment online. BOOK HERE

2. Initial Assessment

Whether you have your assessment straight after your Eye Test or you arrange one for another date, it will involve spending time with one of McGreals expert optometrists to ensure you have the correct contact lenses for your eyes and your lifestyle. We’ll also show you how to insert and remove your lenses, and how best to look after them.

To make sure the lenses we choose are the right ones for you, we’ll arrange a free trial, so you can get used to them and see how they feel.

3. Aftercare Check up

Your first checkup is free and should take place around two weeks after you’ve started wearing your new lenses. This is just to see how you’re getting on with them and to discuss any problems you may be having.

 

Contact McGreals Opticians for more information.

Baltinglass Pharmacy, Mill St, Baltinglass, Co Wicklow 059 645 1103

McGreals Pharmacy, Main St, Blessington, Co Wicklow 045 865 732

McGreals Pharmacy, Kilnacourt, Portarlington, Co Laois 057 864 2920

Monasterevin Pharmacy, U3, Watermill Place, Monasterevin, Co Kildare 045 525 580

Signs you may need an Eye Test

Signs you may need an eye test

Signs you may need an eye test

Getting checked for glasses by an optician could make life so much easier.

If you have any of these symptoms – its time to get an eye test.

1. Unexplained headaches
Ever get headaches after doing close-up work such as reading or working at a computer? How about after periods of distance vision, like watching TV or driving? If the answer’s yes, you need to book an appointment with the optician – glasses could really help.

2. Blurred vision
If your vision ever changes or distorts, it could be a sign you need glasses. Test yourself by regularly looking at something you see every day, such as the spine of a book or a number plate, to check whether you can still read it. Try doing this one eye at a time for a more thorough test.

3. Wavy vision
When you look at straight lines such as door or window frames and see them as wavy or kinked, there’s a chance you’re experiencing age-related macular degeneration, a common reason for needing glasses. Again, test yourself one eye at a time to double check.

4. Tired eyes and difficulty focusing
We all experience tired eyes as a symptom of everyday fatigue, but when it’s a persistent problem that occurs after common activities like driving and reading, it’s well worth getting your eyes tested by an optician.

5. Painful or red eyes
Healthy eyes shouldn’t hurt or appear red; if they do, there’s a chance you’ve got an eye condition that needs to be seen to by an optician.
Blurred or misty vision is another common vision-related ailment that you should get checked out professionally. These symptoms could be an early sign of cataracts, glaucoma or age-related macular degeneration, which opticians can help you with alongside the usual long-sighted or short-sighted examinations.

Book your eye test today at your local McGreals Opticians or online here.

Baltinglass Pharmacy, Mill St, Baltinglass, Co Wicklow
Telephone: 059 645 1103

McGreals Pharmacy, Main St, Blessington, Co Wicklow
Telephone: 045 865 732

McGreals Pharmacy, Kilnacourt, Portarlington, Co Laois
Telephone: 057 864 2920

Monasterevin Pharmacy, U3, Watermill Place, Monasterevin, Co Kildare
Telephone: 045 525 580