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Calls for Government to invest in brain injury support services in Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Government is being urged to invest in greater brain injury support services in Galway.
In its pre-budget submission, Acquired Brain Injury Ireland has raised serious concerns about the lack of such services in 14 counties, including Galway.
Thirteen thousand people acquire brain injuries in Ireland every year.
According to ABII, families in many areas have no access to a case manager to offer support and link individuals to appropriate services.
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Confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Galway hospitals below 30 for second day in a row

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Galway hospitals are below 30 for the second day in a row.

There are 27 Coronavirus patients being treated in the city and county today – with 24 at UHG and three at Portiuncula hospital Ballinasloe.

That’s down from 28 yesterday and 34 on Monday, while it’s down by over 50% since the start of the month.

Of the 27 COVID-19 patients in Galway today, seven are being treated in the ICU at UHG.

Nationwide 642 patients are being treated for the virus in acute hospitals this afternoon, including 149 in critical care.

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Saolta says position on vaccination of family carers will change significantly in coming weeks

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Saolta Hospital Group says the position on the vaccination of family carers will change “significantly” in the coming weeks.

The matter was raised at this week’s meeting of the Health Forum West by Councillor Declan McDonnell.

He argued that home help, who often call-in for 10 minutes, are being vaccinated, but full-time family carers are not.

He wanted to know why these people, many of whom have given up careers to become full-time carers, are not being considered as a group.

Saolta CEO Tony Canavan acknowledged the concerns, but said family carers are a diverse group and each individual has to be vaccinated in the most appropriate group.

However, he said in relation to these carers, the position will change significantly over the coming weeks with increased vaccination capacity.

On the new vaccine prioritisation list published today family carers still don’t have a defined place.

Health Minister Stephen Donnelly said they’re priortising those being cared for, ahead of those doing the caring.

Health officials are acknowledging the disappointment with the new vaccine prioritisation list.

People with ‘very high risk’ conditions are being moved up the list but those with ‘high risk’ conditions aren’t

The list of medical conditions includes cancer, chronic kidney disease, chronic respiratory disease, diabetes, and chronic neurological conditions.

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Nominations open for Galway City Mayor’s awards

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Nominations have opened for this year’s Galway City Mayoral awards.

The annual awards will formally recognise the outstanding contributions that local volunteers, community groups and voluntary organisations have made in supporting the residents of Galway City during the past year.

Categories include Arts, Culture, Heritage & Cúrsaí Gaeilge; Residents & Local Areas; Community Service & Social Inclusion; Older Person Volunteer of the Year; Sports Volunteer of the Year and Children and Youth Support.

The closing date for online nominations is April 16th.

Mayor Mike Cubbard told Keith Finnegan on Galway Talks that COVID-19 continues to present a significant challenge to us all and that he has been humbled by those who have come forward to help in countless different ways.

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