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Mayo women lead UHG to HSE Excellence Award

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Two Mayo women spearheaded a programme at University Hospital Galway which won HSE Excellence awards last month.
Margaret Tarpey from Kiltimagh and Aoife Conroy from Ballindine were instrumental behind UHG’s ‘Serum Eye Drop’ programme which won both the ‘Popular Choice’ and ‘Best Team’ awards at the HSE National Excellence Awards, at a ceremony in Farmleigh House on Thursday, December 14. 
The Popular Choice and Best Team awards were presented to Galway Blood and Tissue Establishment (GBTE), led by Margaret Tarpey, the Chief Medical Scientist and overall Laboratory Manager in Galway University Hospitals (GUH). Margaret is a native of Kiltimagh.
GBTE has dedicated years of service to obtaining the Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) license to produce autologous and allogeneic serum eye drops. This programme was developed from a Msc project conducted by Aoife Conroy from Ballindine, a Specialist Medical Scientist in GBTE.
Since then the programme has rapidly expanded with over 130 batches of drops produced since its introduction, and has generated over €100,000 in revenue for GUH in 2017.
Margaret Tarpey, the Chief Medical Scientist in the Blood and Tissue Establishment, is also overall Laboratory Manager in Galway University Hospitals which includes nine busy diagnostic departments in Galway Hospital. She is from and living in Kiltimagh with her husband Jerome Tarpey and is daughter of Patrick and Teresa Sweeney, Treenagleragh, Kiltimagh. She began working as a Medical Scientist in Blood and Tissue in 2003, became Chief of Blood and Tissue in 2012, and then also became overall Laboratory Manager of GUH in 2015. She graduated with a degree in Biomedical Science from Dublin and later completed a Masters in Biomedical Science in 2009.
Aoife Conroy is originally from Ballindine and is daughter of Gerard and Geraldine Conroy. She received her early education in Irishtown NS where her father, Ger Conroy, was the principal. She went to post-primary at Mount St Michael, Claremorris. Her brother is former Mayo footballer Michael Conroy.
Aoife is now living in Claremorris with her husband Brendan Burke. She graduated with a degree in Biomedical Science in 2006, specialising in Blood Transfusion. She was awarded a Masters in Molecular Pathology from Trinity College Dublin in 2011. As part of this Msc, Aoife developed the Serum Eye drop programme in Galway University Hospital.

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