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County Council to submit revised planning application for Loughrea Town Hall refurbishment

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – It’s anticipated that Galway County Council will submit a revised planning application for the Loughrea Town Hall refurbishment project.

Following a recent site inspection consultants have recommended demolishing the rear annex of the building, which has fallen into disrepair, an erecting a new structure in its place.

The Loughrea project involves the refurbishment and fit-out of the town hall as a cultural, tourism, and creative hub at Barrack Street.

The multi-million euro redevelopment had stalled in recent months due to the pandemic, however, the County Council says it once again has ‘momentum’ with specialist contractors and consultants making their first site visits of this year during July.

The specialist contractors were tasked with the removal of asbestos from specific areas to facilitate minor opening-up works and to inform the structural design, architectural design, and cost analysis.

On arrival it was discovered that the condition of the annex building to the rear of the Town Hall has deteriorated significantly over time; resulting in the collapse of the roof and upper floors.

As a result of the collapse consultants have recommended demolishing the existing structure and the construction of a new rear extension.

The County Council says the new extension will have the advantage of being constructed to current building regulations and standards – resulting in a more energy efficient offering, enhanced to suit users of all abilities.

The Local Authority is now awaiting revised documentation from consultants to include an updated schedule of costs.

It says it expects to submit a revised Part 8 Planning application to take into account the necessary changes in quarter four of this year.

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UHG emergency department under pressure due to high levels of activity

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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.

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Urgent action needed to address ‘tsunami’ of delayed care at Galway’s public hospitals

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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

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13 Covid 19 patients receiving care at Galway’s public hospitals

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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….

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