Galway Bay fm newsroom – The CEO of Galway City Council has raised concerns about the long-term provision of housing in Galway.
Speaking at this week’s meeting of the local authority, Brendan McGrath said he is particularly concerned about 2021 and beyond.
Like most of the country, the construction of housing across Galway in recent years has been slow and supply in the city falls far short of demand.
The City Council has a number of social housing projects in the pipeline, but most of these are in the early stages of development – with almost 5 thousand families currently on waiting lists.
At last evening’s meeting of the local authority, CEO Brendan McGrath said options are being pursued on every single piece of land owned by the City Council.
Some of these projects are dedicated to social housing, while others will be a mix of social, affordable and private housing.
However, Mr. McGrath said they are in urgent need of more land – and acquisitions are proving extremely difficult given the scarcity of land.
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UHG emergency department under pressure due to high levels of activity
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The UHG emergency department is under pressure today due to high levels of activity, and insufficient bed capacity
In a statement to Galway Bay fm news, the Saolta Hospital Group warns there is ongoing pressure on bed availability in the hospital and regrets that patients are currently experiencing long waiting times to be admitted from the ED to an acute bed for ongoing treatment
It adds that the hospital is committed to treating everyone who presents at the ED but must do so strictly in order of medical priority.
Given the volume of patients attending the Emergency Department, the hospital is asking the public to contact their GP during normal surgery hours or the Westdoc GP Out of Hours service in the first instance if their health problem is not urgent.
In addition, the Injury Unit in Roscommon University Hospital is open from 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week to treat a range of injuries in both adults and children over five years of age.
Urgent action needed to address ‘tsunami’ of delayed care at Galway’s public hospitals
From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: There are calls for urgent action to address what’s being described as ‘a tsunami’ of delayed and missed care’ which has left Galway University Hospital with the highest number of patients on waiting lists in the country.
Galway West TD Mairéad Farrell says she has obtained new figures which reveal waiting lists at Galway University Hospital are now close to 60,000.
Urology and general surgery are particularly impacted as more than 4,000 people remain on lists for each service, with more than 45% of urology patients waiting over a year.
The data also reveals that there are 51 consultant posts not filled on a permanent basis, with 30 vacant in Galway University Hospital group.
Deputy Farrell says an urgent plan is needed to catch up on missed care since the pandemic took hold and the HSE faced a cyber-attack
13 Covid 19 patients receiving care at Galway’s public hospitals
Galway Bay fm newsroom – 13 Covid 19 patients are receiving care at Galway’s public hospitals.
10 of the patients are being treated for the virus at UHG, with three receiving care at Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe.
Three patients are receiving acute care in the ICU at UHG, with one patient receiving ICU attention at Portiuncula Hospital.
About 33% of all Covid patients in ICUs nationwide are vaccinated, according to the Intensive Care Society.
66 people are in critical care units with the virus – while there are 291 in hospital.
Dr Alan Gaffney, the vice-president of the Intensive Care Society, says the ICU figure has been static in recent weeks….