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Up to 200 a day attended Emergency Dept over Christmas

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It will be the end of the month before the next tranche of beds are opened in the new 75-bed unit due to the difficulty in recruiting staff – which will only further exacerbate overcrowding.

General Manager of University Hospital Galway (UHG) Chris Kane said patients in the infection control ward were moved over to 25 of the single en suite rooms at the end of December. The new unit had been completed in mid-November.

However, plans to open the next 30 beds in the new unit have been put on hold until at least the end of January due to a shortage of staff.

St Dominick’s Ward was next due to be moved to the state-of-the-art unit.

She told Galway Bay FM that hospital management had sought approval for staff to manage 30 beds but will likely only have approval for 23 or 24 beds.

Conditions were again very difficult in the Emergency Department with 200 attendances on some days over the festivities. Many patients were presenting with respiratory and flu-like symptoms, she revealed.

The general secretary of the Irish Nurses and Midwives’ Organisation (INMO) Liam Doran said his members did not blame local management for the severe shortage of staff which was significantly contributing to the overcrowding.

He said that 100 acute beds and over 200 nursing staff were required immediately to alleviate pressure at UHG.

Without improved conditions at the biggest hospital in the region, there would be continued problems attracting new nurses and retaining the ones already there.

Last year there were 80 vacancies for nursing staff in emergency departments nationally. Recent figures showed that had jumped to 140.

“Local management in Galway are dealing with the resources that are given to them. My organisation would say we need 100 more acute beds in Galway, 200-plus board nurses in Galway. Nobody is going to argue against that but nobody has a plan to deliver that . . . in terms of investment in capital infrastructure, building, or investing in staffing infrastructure,” he fumed.

“. . . They’re told they’re over the employment ceiling, they’re over the pay budget . . . all of this bureaucratic rubbish which ignores the reality that dozens of patients every morning are on trolleys and it’s short staffed.”

He predicted the situation with staffing would only get worse, pointing out that any manager had to go through up to eight layers of bureaucracy to get the authority from the national organisation of the Health Service Executive (HSE) to replace any staff member who had left.

“No nurse who has a choice will remain in Galway if they have an option to go elsewhere because of an excessive workload, constant overcrowding and a lack of respect from the health system as a whole towards their needs and their needs mirror the needs of patients which are being neglected – in capital letters – every day,” he complained.

The end of year figures from the INMO show there was an improvement at UHG’s emergency department compared to 2015 – 5,807 patients at UHG endured delays on a trolley as they awaited admission to a ward – down from 6,514 the year before.

A decision on a cost-benefit analysis of the proposed unit was due at the end of last March but an announcement on that decision has been postponed.

Ten years of pumping money into Galway city’s two public hospitals has resulted in fewer beds. The latest financial figures show that €109 million in capital projects had been spent at University Hospital Galway (UHG) and Merlin Park since 2006 while at the same time 157 fewer beds were now in the system.

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Elective surgeries cancelled at UHG as overcrowding continues

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Some non-urgent elective surgeries are being cancelled at UHG in a bid to tackle severe overcrowding at the city hospital.

It follows the issuing of a warning from the Saolta Hospital Group that the emergency department is extremely busy and there is ongoing pressure on bed availability.

General Manager at UHG, Chris Kane, says over 500 people presented at the hospital on Monday and Tuesday.

She says the overcrowding situation is very serious, particularly in relation to the ED, the Surgical Unit and the Acute Medical Assessment Unit.

Members of the public are urged to only attend the hospital in the case of emergency, and contact their GP or out-of-hours service if their health problem is not urgent.

Saolta is also reminding the public that the Injury Unit at Roscommon University Hospital is open from 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week, to treat adults and children over 5.

Speaking to Keith Finnegan on Galway Talks, Chris Kane said the current level of patients presenting is extremely high and “unusual” for this time of year.

She also noted there’s also been a rise in patients being treated for Covid-19, including in the ICU.

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Mercury hit 30°C for Galway City’s hottest day in 45 years

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune –

Wednesday was the hottest day in the city over the past 45 years when with a high of 30.1 Celsius being recorded at the NUI Galway Weather Station.

The highest temperature ever recorded in the city dates back to June 30, 1976, when the late Frank Gaffney had a reading of 30.5° Celsius at his weather station in Newcastle.

Pharmacists and doctors have reported a surge in people seeking treatment for sunburn.

A Status Yellow ‘high temperature warning’ from Met Éireann – issued on Tuesday – remains in place for Galway and the rest of the country until 9am on Saturday morning.

It will be even hotter in the North Midlands, where a Status Orange temperature warning is in place.

One of the more uncomfortable aspects of our current heatwave has been the above average night-time temperatures and the high humidity levels – presenting sleeping difficulties for a lot of people.
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Property Tax hike voted down in Galway City

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – A proposal to boost Galway City Council coffers by half a million euro every year by increasing Local Property Tax (LPT) did not receive the support of city councillors.

Councillor Peter Keane (FF) failed to get a seconder at this week’s local authority meeting for his motion to increase the LPT payable on Galway City houses by 5%.

Cllr Keane said that the increase would net the Council €500,000 every year, which could be spent evenly on services across all three electoral wards.

It would be used to fund services and projects city councillors are always looking for, including a proposal by his colleague Cllr Imelda Byrne for the local authority to hire additional staff for city parks.

The cost to the taxpayer – or property owner – would be minimal, he insisted.

“It would mean that 90% of households would pay 37 cent extra per week,” he said.

Not one of the 17 other elected members, including four party colleagues, would second his motion and so it fell.

Another motion recommending no change in the current rate of LPT in 2022 was passed by a majority.
This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of the story, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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