- Contact tracing is being stopped in primary schools and childcare facilities from Monday. It means testing of asymptomtic close contacts will be discontinued. The changes do not include special education facilities.
- Following the post mortem examination Gardai are treating the discovery of a body near the coast in Kinvara as a tragedy. Efforts are underway to identify the woman.
- Sinn Fein MLAs are welcoming Joe Biden’s latest warning to Boris Johnson about risking peace in Northern Ireland, by tampering with the protocol.
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….
Health Minister to bring memo to Government on provision of elective hospital in Galway
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Health Minister plans to bring a memo to Government shortly on the provision of three new elective hospitals in Dublin, Cork and Galway.
The Government hopes such facilities would contribute to reducing waiting times for elective surgery.
According to the Irish Times, a taskforce modelled on the team that led the Covid-19 vaccination rollout is to be charged with seeing through a plan, to cost hundreds of millions of euro over the coming years, that aims to bring down healthcare waiting lists.
Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly is to establish the taskforce in the coming weeks, with the membership to be drawn from the Department of Health, the Health Service Executive and the National Treatment Purchase Fund .
A shorter-term waiting list plan designed to address the impact of Covid-19 and the cyberattack on the HSE will be put in place for the rest of this year.
The Minister plans to bring a memo to Government shortly on the provision of three new elective hospitals in Dublin, Cork and Galway, which the Government hopes will contribute to reducing waiting times for elective surgery.