Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Chief Executive of the City Council has defended the introduction of parking charges on Sundays – saying it’s unlikely to affect businesses in the city.
Brendan McGrath says the revenue generated by the move will fund improved services in the city, in areas including sports, recreation, and culture.
Motorists, who have enjoyed free parking on-street and in car parks on Sundays up until now, will have to pay for parking between 1p.m and 6p.m from this Sunday.
Mr. McGrath says the introduction of paid parking on Sundays in Dublin proved to have no real effect on businesses or business activity.
However, he says it’s a pilot programme in Galway at present and could still be changed or reversed by Councillors when they meet for the September sitting of the local authority.
Outpatients clinics going ahead at UHG following systems failure last week
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Outpatient clinics will go ahead this week at UHG after some were forced to be cancelled last week due to a systems failure.
Hospital management say that while there has been improvements in many areas following the cyber attack, there are continuing glitches with connections to other systems.
Progress has been made with interfaces with health links improving and the processing of GP bloods now functioning again.
Some clinics were cancelled last Thursday and Friday after a system went down.
Chris Kane, General Manager at Galway University Hospitals, told Keith Finnegan on Galway Talks that although progress has been made, the situation is changeable due to challenges with connecting systems as the team enters week five since the ransomware attack on the HSE.
She says there has also been a significant return to hospital activity with 27 patients waiting on a bed at UHG this morning.
The hospital manager has urged the public to consider primary care services and minor injury units if possible to avoid long delays at the emergency department.
Work gets underway on €13m redevelopment of Old Grove Hospital in Tuam
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Work got underway today on the site of the €13 million redevelopment of the Old Grove Hospital in Tuam.
The project will see the site, which has been closed for 20 years, transformed into a modern mental health day hospital.
Planning permission was granted for the project at Vicar Street in 2017, which will involve the part-demolition, refurbishment and remodelling of the building in two phases.
Phase one will incorporate mental health and shared services while phase two would accommodate early intervention and disability services.
Speaking to Keith Finnegan on Galway Talks, Deputy Sean Canney said the new hospital should be fully completed and staffed within 18 to 24 months.
NUIG research finds high rate of kidney disease among adults with diabetes
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Researchers at NUIG have found that over 40% of patients attending a dedicated diabetes clinic had signs of established chronic kidney disease.
The study was carried out by academics at NUI Galway and clinicians at University Hospital Galway Diabetes Centre and involved more than 4,500 patients in the West.
The findings suggest that, despite careful medical management, a relatively high proportion of people with diabetes in Ireland will develop chronic kidney disease over time and are at risk of kidney failure and other complications.
Diabetes is now the number one cause of chronic kidney disease and kidney failure worldwide.
Professor Matthew Griffin, consultant at Galway University Hospitals and researcher in NUI Galway’s College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences said the study was based on the results of commonly-performed blood and urine tests.
He said the frequency of chronic kidney disease was higher in those with type 2 diabetes.