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Bed push to UHG in effort to save Ballinasloe psychiatric unit

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A group of protestors opposed to the closure of a 22-bed acute psychiatric unit in Ballinasloe pushed a hospital bed from Galway Cathedral to University Hospital Galway earlier this afternoon.

The group of almost 50 people carried banners which read ‘Hands off our Hospital’ and handed a letter of protest to HSE management at the city public hospital.

It comes ahead of the first transfer of the psychiatric beds from Ballinasloe to the UHG campus next Monday.

Meanwhile, senior clinical staff in East Galway are still seeking an independent external review over the decision to close the unit.

HSE management say the move is part of the implementation of vision for change.

These protestors in the city today told our reporter Úna Molloy that they feel it is a ludicrous decision.

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OPW Minister to visit Meelick Weir this afternoon as part of River Shannon pinch point survey

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The OPW Minister Patrick O’Donovan will visit the Meelick Weir this afternoon.

Minister O’Donovan will be visiting the well-known east Galway amenity as part of an examination of pinch points along the River Shannon.

The visit comes following meetings between the Minister and the Shannon Flood Risk State Agency Co-ordination Working Group.

The OPW Minister will also be visiting Banaghar in County Offaly and Athlone as part of the examination of the Shannon Callows.

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Funding awarded to develop creative space at Nun’s Island

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Funding of €180 thousand has been awarded to assist in the development of a creative arts space at Nun’s Island in the city.

The allocation from the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht will support the renovation of the “Church House” to the rear of the Nun’s Island Theatre.

The Nun’s Island Theatre is a small 82 seat venue that is operated by the Galway Arts Centre on behalf of the city council.

It’s expected the renovation of the “Church House” will add an additional 1,800 square foot of cultural space to the site.

Galway West TD and Junior Minister Hildegarde Naughten says it’s a “hidden gem” that will be a valuable addition to Galway’s cultural scene – to hear more, tune in to Galway Bay fm news on the hour

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Increase in COVID patients at Galway hospitals amid serious overcrowding

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The number of patients being treated for Covid-19 at Galway’s public hospitals has risen in recent days.

The figures have increased over the past week, as the hospitals struggle with serious overcrowding issues.

There are currently 10 patients being treated for Covid-19 at UHG, while there are a further 5 receiving care at Portiuncula.

Of the patients at UHG, 5 are currently in intensive care – there was just one this day last week.

There are currently no patients in critical care at Portiuncula.

While the numbers for both hospitals remain relatively low overall, it comes as both facilities are struggling with serious overcrowding issues over the past week.

Unusually high levels of attendance have seen hundreds of people presenting at UHG on a daily basis in recent days.

Management at the city hospital say the increase in Covid-19 patients is exacerbating an already serious situation with regards overcrowding and pressure on bed availability.

Some non-urgent elective surgeries are being cancelled at UHG in a bid to tackle the situation.

The public are being advised to attend UHG and Portiuncula only in the case of real emergency, and to contact their GP or out-of-hours service is their health problem is not urgent.

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