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Campaign group forms in bid to reopen Athenry playground

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A community group has launched a fundraising campaign in a bid to reopen Athenry playground.
The playground opened in 2004 after a fundraising campaign which began in 2002.
The facility was closed last month following a safety inspection which found some of the equipment had been damaged in the storm and was in need of repair.
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Oranmore Nursing Home Among 11 Facilities Nationwide Found To Be Non Compliant with HIQA Standards

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: An Oranmore Nursing Home has been given until the end of this month to improve standards at the facility after a HIQA report highlighted a number of areas of concern.

The Health Information and Quality Authority inspected 26 care facilities across the country with Inspectors finding non-compliance with the regulations and standards at 11 facilities including Brampton Care Home in Oranmore village.

The unannounced inspection took place at Brampton Care Home on May 27th when 65 residents were receiving care at the nursing home.

10 of the residents spoke to the inspector and stated that the standard of the service at the home had deteriorated in the previous 5 months with staff shortages, the quality of food, noise levels from ongoing building works at the home and communication from management being a cause for concern.

Brampton Care Home was found to be in breach of 8 of the 11 regulations considered on the day of the inspection.

Areas of concern for HIQA included staff having access to appropriate training and staff supervision, especially at weekends. Also inspectors noted that residents did not feel they were being listened to and No independent advocate was made available to facilitate residents meetings.

Under quality and safety, the report states that poor supervision and oversight of care was reflected in the nursing documentation reviewed and the observations of the inspector on the day of the inspection.

Governance and management, the notification of incidents, and Risk management were also flagged as areas for improvement.

Brampton Care Home was found to be fully compliant in the areas of health care and infection control and substantially compliant in the area of staffing and was given until the end of this month to correct the concerns highlighted.

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NUI Galway President Leads Calls On Government For Further Investment In Higher Education

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: A number of Irish universities, including NUI Galway ,say they are under huge financial strain with losses in commercial income for colleges set to reach €270 million due to the pandemic.

Universities says they have lost out on millions of euro of additional revenue which would usually be generated through tourism, conferences, accommodation and sports facilities.

Estimates by 8 universities including NUI Galway, the University of Limerick and Trinity, predict a combined loss of income of €40 million in the current academic year.

The Irish Universities Association, chaired by NUIG President Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, is calling on the Government to increase investment in higher education and research through a €900 million plus package for the sector.

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Consultation process set to get underway to identify suitable location for new ambulance base in Connemara

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The National Ambulance Service is to begin a process of consultation regarding the selection of a suitable location for an additional ambulance base in Connemara.

This will involve consultation with public representatives, GPs and the local campaign group between now and the end of October.

The Area Operations Manager of the NAS West will be responsible for identifying the location following certain criteria.

Last month, the Health Minister confirmed an investment to include funding for 11 extra staff and two extra vehicles.

The NAS has confirmed the additional services to be provided in Connemara will be resourced through the current paramedic interns who are due to graduate in December.

Galway West TD Eamon O’Cuiv says the matter is progressing following a long campaign…

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