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28 percent response rate for emergency ambulance calls in HSE West

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The eight minute ambulance emergency response time has only been reached in 28 percent of cases in the HSE West so far this year.

The figures were revealed at a meeting of the HSE Regional Health Forum West last evening following a query by re-elected Forum Chairperson Cllr Padraig Conneely.

The data supplied by Paudie O’Riordan, Area Operations Manager at the National Ambulance Service also showed that a 19 minute response time was reached in 70 percent of cases.

The HSE noted that response time targets only capture an ambulance service’s capacity to get a resource to a patient within a pre-determined timeframe.

It adds that the role of a modern ambulance service is not just about transport but also treatment.

 

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5,769 PUP claims to be issued in Galway as numbers continue to decline

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – 5,769 people in Galway will receive the pandemic unemployment payment this week, as the number of claimants for the State support continues to fall.

The number has fallen from a peak of over 33 thousand claimants in May 2020.

This week, the Department of Social Protection issued weekly payments valued at over 28 million euro to over 110 thousand people.

This represents a fall of 3,842 compared to last week.

The greatest reduction this week is in the accommodation and food services sector.

It comes as the PUP is gradually changing over a six month period from September until next February to align with the standard jobseeker’s payments.

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Up to 200 jobs for Galway as medical device manufacturer expands

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A medical device manufacturer in Galway is set to expand its operations with the potential to create up to 200 new jobs.

Integer has announced plans to construct a new manufacturing facility through a 30 million dollar investment in Parkmore East.

With 15 sites across the world, Integer has been operating in Ireland for 25 years.

The company currently employs 1,300 people through its research and development centre and manufacturing facilities in Galway and New Ross in Wexford.

Following collaboration between IDA Ireland and Integer, the new facility for the Parkmore East area will help the company meet increased demand for research, development and manufacturing capabilities, as well as capacity for catheters and delivery systems.

Expected to total $30 million in the coming years, the investment will include the construction of a 60,000 square foot facility while planning permission for a further 147,000 square feet for future expansion has also been secured.

The company said it expects an estimated 100 to 200 engineering, administration and manufacturing jobs to be added as a result of the expansion with building work expected to begin next year.

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Gort Gardaí investigate discovery of body near Kinvara

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Gardaí in Gort are investigating the discovery of a body near the coastline in South Galway.

A person out walking near the shoreline made the discovery at around 11.30 yesterday morning at Doorus, north of Kinvara.

The remains, understood to be that of a female, have been removed to the mortuary at UHG.

The local Coroner has been notified and the Office of the State Pathologist have been requested to conduct a post-mortem examination.

Gardaí say efforts to identify the deceased are ongoing and the outcome of the post-mortem exam will determine the course of the Garda investigation.

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