Tuam Area Cllr Shaun Cunniffe has called on the HSE to pull its ongoing review on the future of Toghermore residential facility.
Cllr Cunniffe raised the matter at last evening’s HSE West Regional Health Forum where he was told that the cost of a fire report by specialist consultants was 3 thousand 500 euro.
A decision was made in December to wind down the 18 bed facility after a report revealed fire safety shortfalls.
A review of Mental Health Services in Galway and Roscommon is now underway and is expected to be complete within three months with a strategy for community residential facilities across the region.
However Cllr Cunniffe argued that the review would be used as leverage and its feared closure would be a step too far for Tuam.
Regional Director of Operations Bernard Gloster defended the review and said it was not being used as a rubber stamp of a decision already made and added that there was advocacy for patients in the review team.
He offered to write to the Chair of the review team to ask if a meeting could be arranged with the relevant forum members and Tuam District Mental Health.
Uber taxi service launches in Galway
Galway Bay fm newsroom – From today people in Galway will be able to book a taxi through Uber, making it the third city Uber has launched in Ireland outside Dublin.
The US-based firm says the launch is a response to a significant increase in demand in Galway, with thousands of local residents opening the Uber app in recent months.
The first drivers are already on the road and Uber says it aims to bring at least 100 drivers onto the platform by the end of the year.
Uber was founded in 2009 and now operates in 72 countries and over 10 thousand cities.
Cabinet approval for surgical hub for Galway and site for new elective hospital
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Cabinet has today approved a new surgical hub for Galway – and given the green light for a site at Merlin Park to be used for a new elective hospital.
The surgical hub will focus on high volume surgeries like ear, nose and throat issues, urology, orthopaedics, gynaecology and general surgery.
A similar hub operating in Tallaght has reported a 90 per cent reduction in patients waiting more than three months for procedures.
While Merlin Park was already understood to be the location for a new elective hospital, it’s now officially been rubber-stamped.
Galway West TD and Junior Minister Hildegarde Naughton says what’s important now, is that we keep the ball rolling.
While there are no firm details on the now-approved surgical hub in Galway, Minister Naughton says it will also be a very important facility.
Step forward in development of masterplan for Gort town centre
Galway Bay fm newsroom – There’s been a step forward in plans to develop a masterplan for the improvement of Gort town centre.
The masterplan will be designed in collaboration with the local community to make the town a more attractive place to live, work and visit.
There’ll be a strong focus on revitalising public spaces, and making them more attractive, accessible and safer.
A design team has now been appointed by Galway County Council, and will engage with Gort Town Team and local community stakeholders.