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Concern over bed blockers at city public hospitals as overcrowing crisis continues

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Concerns have been raised over the growing number of ‘bed-blockers’ at the city’s public hospitals.

The matter was raised at Regional Health Forum where officials advised 37 people at UHG and Merlin Park hospitals are at the facilities for more than 60 days.

Tuam area councillor Donagh Killilea argued only 14 of these patients were listed as receiving active treatment and 14 more are awaiting long-term care applications.

The meeting heard that of the 37, 3 are homeless while 6 patients are going through the ‘Ward of Court’ process.

Officials advised while the group is very focused on discharges, there are challenges.

She said the homeless issue has been a feature in the past few years and was rare five years ago and requires a multi-agency approach including housing agencies.

At 10, hear Councillor Killilea who argued that efforts must increase to get these people out of hospital and into another healthcare unit…

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Local reps to meet with HSE today over future of Clifden District Hospital

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Local representatvies are to meet with HSE senior personnel this morning – over the future of Clifden District Hospital.

Families were contacted by the HSE last week, informing them that respite services will not be available from this week.

Yesterday, almost 600 people gathered at Clifden Town Hall to voice their concerns of the situation.

The Clifden District Hospital was established in 1935.

Since then it has served a wide area of Connemara from Leenane in the north to Carna in the south of the district.

A message from the HSE on Friday that the remaining four patients, who are in the older age group, must leave the Hospital by this Monday has sparked fears that the end is in sight for the hospital.

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Loughrea to benefit from major rural development grant

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Loughrea is to benefit from a LEADER grant from Galway Rural Development.

The grant, amounting to €167,800, will be put towards the Comworks Enterprise Hub.

The Hub will house a high quality workspace, meeting facilities and high-speed Internet to help over 70 entrepreneurs and remote workers.

The Loughrea Hub is another LEADER approved project in Galway, with over €1 million now provided in development grants.

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Public meeting to be held in Clifden this afternoon to discuss future of District Hospital

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – A Public meeting is to be held in Clifden this afternoon to discuss the HSE’s decision to withdraw respite services from the District Hospital.

Families were contacted by the HSE on Friday, informing them that respite services will not be available from next week.

Instead, they’re being told they will have to avail of services at Merlin Park Hospital in Galway City.

It’s understood the issue relates to lack of staff – Galway Bay FM News has contacted the HSE for clarification but as of this morning has not received a response.

HSE management are to meet with local representatives tomorrow where the future of Clifden District Hospital will be discussed.

Fine Gael Councillor Eileen Mannion said the meeting this afternoon will give people the opportunity to voice their concerns and to highlight the need for services to continue in Clifden.

Sinn Fein Deputy Mairead Farrell says the decision to move services from Clifden to Merlin is astonishing

Fianna Fail local councillor Gerry King told Galway Bay FM News that there is a fear that this could be the final straw for the hospital.

The meeting will be held in Clifden Town Hall this afternoon and will begin at 3pm.

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