Galway Bay fm newsroom – Just under 50,000 people are on waiting lists at University Hospital Galway according to the latest figures from the National Treatment Purchase Fund, the NTPF
This means UHG has the biggest inpatient, day case and outpatient waiting lists in the country
Its outpatient waiting list is 38,460 and the inpatient and day case list is 10,771.
The latest NTPF figures for April show there were 700,830 patients waiting on all lists around the country.
The Private Hospitals Association has said its members are ready to assist by providing a wide range of elective treatments.
UHG has country’s highest number of Covid-19 patients
Galway Bay fm newsroom – UHG currently has the highest number of Covid-19 patients in the country, as well as the highest number of virus patients in ICU.
There are currently 19 patients with the virus at the city hospital – including five patients being treated in intensive care.
Meanwhile, there are 3 Covid-19 patients at Portiuncula in Ballinasloe, none of whom require treatment in the ICU.
Nationally, there are 186 people with the virus in the country’s hospitals today, including 29 in intensive care.
While the figures at UHG remain relatively low, cases have been steadily rising, and exacerbating overcrowding issues at the hospital over the past week.
There are currently 43 patients waiting for a bed – the second highest figure in the country behind University Hospital Limerick at 51.
It comes as the Chief Medical Officer, Dr Tony Holohan, says Covid outbreaks are occurring from people with symptoms attending workplaces, eating out or visiting friends.
Transport Minister calls for Quiet Man Greenway to be included in new Galway County Development Plan
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Transport Minister is backing the proposed development of the Quiet Man Greenway in county Galway.
Minister Eamon Ryan recently made a submission as part of the County Development Plan urging the County Council to develop the Greenway connecting Athenry to Milltown.
Fine Gael Galway East TD Ciaran Cannon says the submission requests that the Local Authority include the Greenway as a specific objective in the development plan which will be published early next year.
The proposed cycling amenity has been the subject of long-running local campaigns and would run for 47km, connecting Athenry, Ballyglunin, Tuam and Milltown.
Deputy Cannon argues it makes absolute sense to develop the infrastructure and to connect it with the Galway-Dublin Greenway in Athenry.
He told Keith Finnegan on Galway Talks Minister Ryan’s submission calls for the project to be prioritised:
Galway Sports Partnership launches new scheme to tackle low physical activity levels in teenage girls
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway Sports Partnership has launched a new scheme in a bid to tackle low physical activity levels in teenage girls.
A special panel will meet once a month to discuss challenges facing girls aged 12 to 19 and find better ways to engage with them and tackle barriers to participation.
It will be broken into two age categories – one to look at 12 to 15 year olds, and another to focus on 16 to 19 year olds.
Each group will be made up of 12 girls from Galway city and county.
Anyone interested in joining the panel can apply online on the Galway Sports Partnership Facebook page.
Louise Burke is Coordinator with Galway Sports Partnership and says girls who are active in their teenage years are much more likely to establish a life-long relationship with sport and exercise.
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