City public hospitals roll out text system to reduce outpatient waiting list
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Over 12 thousand people waiting for outpatient appointments at the city’s public hospitals have been contacted in a texting initiative.
Galway University Hospitals is conducting the communication drive in a bid to ensure no patient is waiting longer than 12 months.
The new text system has been rolled out to make it easier for outpatients to respond and confirm their position on the list.
Of the 12 thousand text messages sent, over nine thousand replied.
Management at UHG and Merlin Park are working to meet national targets which mean no patient should wait longer than 12 months for appointment.
Patients will now also receive a text reminder seven working days prior to appointment in a bid to reduce the large number of ‘no shows’.
Last year, over 36 thousand patients did not attend a scheduled appointment.
Sue Hennessy, Waiting List Manager says the co-operation of patients is an essential part of the efficient delivery of the service.
Sean Canney says modular homes not magic solution to housing crisis
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Modular homes aren’t the magic solution to our housing crisis that some think it is.
That’s according to Galway East TD Sean Canney, who himself has a background in construction.
He’s told the Dáil that the sooner we stop looking at modular homes or off-site construction as a panacea to solve our problems the better.
Deputy Canney said we have far too much red tape in this country and that needs to be tackled.
Corrandulla NS wins trophy at national science competition
Galway Bay FM Newsroom-A county primary school has received a top award at a national science competition
Corrandulla National School took third place at the Schools Teaching Awareness of Randomised Trials Awards, held at University of Galway.
The START competition is a project-based annual event to encourage pupils across the country to learn about the importance of clinical trials.
Pupils at Corrandulla National School won a trophy for their investigation into the impact of mindfulness on concentration in the classroom.
Techniques such as colouring, storytelling, breathing techniques, yoga and sensory play were tested- and the children’s emotions and feeelings were captured.
They concluded that children were happier after a mindfulness break, and were less likely to fidget, misbehave or disrupt the class.
Significant step forward in plans for new pedestrian footbridge in Oughterard
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – There’s been an important step forward in long-awaited plans for a new pedestrian footbridge in Oughterard.
Transport Infrastructure Ireland has given early-stage approval for the project to proceed.
For years, locals have sought a footbridge as a solution to serious safety hazards posed to pedestrians over the narrow bridge in Oughterard.
A recent count shows there are almost 600 pedestrian crossings on any given school day, many of them the hundreds of children attending local schools.
In recent years, due to the increase in traffic, there’s also been a higher incidence rate of road traffic accidents on, or near, the bridge.
It’s been a long and winding road to secure the new footbridge, with many frustrations along the way – but there’s now some light at the end of the tunnel.
In March, Galway County Council submitted a feasibility and options report to Transport Infrastructure Ireland.
TII has now given the green light for the project to move forward, with the confirmation of Gateway Approval.
Meanwhile, plans are also separately being advanced for new traffic lights and dedicated crossing times at the main bridge.