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26 new beds to open at UHG ahead of winter rush

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – 26 new beds are to be opened at UHG ahead of the peak winter season.
The beds are in a ward which was effectively decommissioned when the hospital opened its new 75-bed unit.
HSE Regional Health Forum chair Councillor Mary Hoade asked the HSE to outline the measures it has in place to deal with the high level of admissions generally experienced during the winter period.
The health executive says a number of measures are being put in place, including a second discharge officer, and a new strategy to assist with patient flow.

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Gardaí request motorists to avoid M6 westbound junction near Athenry

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom- A section of the M6 westbound is closed near Athenry, due to a serious traffic collision between Junction 18 (Rathmorrissey) and Junction 19 (Oranmore). Ambulances are at the scene, traffic is being diverted and Gardaí are requesting that motorists avoid the area.

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Gardaí and emergency services at scene of three vehicle collision at M6 Athenry junction

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom- Gardaí and emergency services are at the scene of a traffic collision on the M6 Galway Dublin motorway, close to the Athenry junction.

It’s understood three vehicles were involved in the collision which occurred shortly after 2pm .

The road is closed with local diversions in place to facilitate access for the emergency services.

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HSE reverses decision to outsource catering facilities at St Francis Home in Newcastle

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Galway Bay Fm Newsroom- The HSE has reversed its decision to outsource catering facilities at St. Francis Home in Newcastle to a private company.

Deputy Catherine Connolly says the decision was initially taken as the space was needed to facilitate additional staff in primary care.

She argues the decision to close an essential and award-winning service to solve an accommodation problem would be completely unacceptable.

Deputy Connolly cites the long history of the centre providing high-quality meals to those attending the daycare centre, as well as the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service at Merlin Park.

The HSE has now confirmed the catering service will remain in-house, though it will now operate from a site in Merlin Park.

Speaking to Galway Talks, Galway West Deputy Connolly says it’s a vital service and we cannot afford to lose it.

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