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Dublin investment company acquires city shopping centre

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A Dublin based investment company has closed a 27 million euro deal to acquire Edward shopping centre in the city from NAMA.

Signature capital was selected as the preferred bidder for the centre last year, but the purchase was finalised only last week.

The Sunday business Post reports NAMA provided staple finance to the company to fund the deal.

The shopping centre was developed by Gerry Barrett.

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80 percent drop in BreastCheck screenings at UHG due to Covid-19

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The number of women screened for breast cancer at UHG so far this year has dropped by 80 percent as a result of Covid-19.

While BreastCheck services have resumed in recent weeks, the numbers screened to that point are just a fraction of the figure for 2019.

Last year, 10, 675 women availed of the BreastCheck screening service at University Hospital Galway.

This year, screening was paused in March, due to the emergence of Covid-19.

By that point, just 2,167 women had been seen at the city hospital. .

While services resumed last month, they’ll still operate at reduced capacity due to Covid-19 – with the HSE estimating it could take several years to clear the backlog.

The matter arose at this week’s meeting of the Health Forum West – where it was revealed that overall, hospitals in the Saolta Hospital Group screened just over 8 thousand people between January and March.

That compares to a figure of almost 50 thousand for the 9 hospitals in the group that offer BreastCheck screening throughout last year.

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Cervical Check campaigner leads tributes following death of Oranmore woman Patricia Carrick

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Tributes have been paid following the death of an Oranmore woman who was one of those impacted by the negligent reading of a smear test.

Patricia Carrick died peacefully at her family home in the early hours of today.

She was diagnosed with cervical cancer last year and underwent treatment, but suffered a relapse in February.

Earlier this month, the HSE and MedLab Pathology Ltd apologised to Mrs. Carrick in the High Court over the negligent reading of a smear test in 2016, and for the consequences and distress caused.

The Taoiseach Micheál Martin also offered a formal apology to Patricia Carrick and her husband Damien, as well as their four children.

Cervical Check campaigner Vicky Phelan told Keith Finnegan on Galway Talks that Patricia has fought a long battle and can now rest in peace.

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Galway firm rolls out private COVID-19 testing service

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway firm has announced a COVID-19 private testing service as part of an expansion of the firm’s clinical laboratory facilities in the West of Ireland.

Complete Laboratory Solutions is one of Ireland’s largest privately-owned contract laboratories and is based at the Tuam Road in the city.

The private testing service is designed to support proactive asymptomatic screening for COVID-19 and is relevant to all sectors including those that require employees onsite.

Swabbing for clients takes place on a weekly basis onsite, with tests analysed at CLS laboratories and results available in 24 hours.

Any positive tests are reviewed by the CLS clinical consultants and shared with the GP of the person swabbed, with the patient’s GP alerted immediately as well as the local HSE Public Health Department.

Participants can also be provided with certification for travel purposes within a three-day timeframe of the test taking place.

The service is available to both private industry and public health in Ireland.

Evelyn O’Toole is founder and Chief Executive Officer of CLS – she says that by combining best in class technology and systems, the firm has achieved 100 per cent detection level accuracy for its PCR COVID-19 testing service.

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