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EPA report finds high standard of compliance in Galway public water supplies

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The overall quality of water for Galway city and county’s public supplies in 2018 was high with over 99% compliance with microbiological and chemical parameters.

That’s the finding of the EPA Drinking Water Quality in Public Supplies Report for the period.

At the end of 2018, 10 boil notices were in place nationwide, including one in Galway where almost 250 residents in the Kilconnell area were impacted.

A solution has now been agreed which involves a 400 metre piped connection which will be laid to connect the supply to Cappataggle group water scheme.

The EPA has seen detections of Cryptosporidium in 25 public water supplies nationwide in 2018.

More at 10 as senior inspector at the EPA, Dr. Michelle Minihan says in some cases, plans already in place to deal with the problem didn’t work….

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NUIG researchers make history with medical drone delivery

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NUI Galway researchers have made history after completing the first delivery of diabetes medication using a drone.

It took the device just over 15 minutes to fly the medicine from Connemara Airport to Inis Mór.

Researchers say recent severe weather events, including storms Emma and Ophelia, demonstrated the need to develop a way to deliver medicines in all circumstances.

Professor Derek O’Keeffe, who led the project, says it’s crucial that people with diabetes have access to lifesaving medicine at all times.

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12 Galway medical projects set to benefit from €2.6m in government funding

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – 12 Galway medical projects are set to recieve a combined 2.6 million euro in Government funding.

Minister for Health Simon Harris has announced the 122 projects which are to be included in the Sláintecare Integration Fund across the country.

The biggest local award with a share of 700 thousand euro in funding is for elder care with Galway city, Tuam and Athenry to become the new pioneer sites for integrated care programmes.

Programmes designed to deliver integrated care for type 2 diabetes in Tuam, Athenry, Loughrea and parts of Cork have been allocated a combined 515 thousand euro.

Portiuncula University Hospital in Ballinasloe, Primary Care Galway will receive over 330 thousand euro for a heart failure integrated care project.

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Minister formally opens UHG acute mental health unit

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Minister Jim Daly has officially opened the adult acute mental health unit at UHG.

The purpose built 50 bed acute psychiatric inpatient unit is in operation since last June .

The multi-million euro capital development provides support for people experiencing severe mental disorders and necessitating inpatient care.

The facility represents an increase of 5 acute inpatient beds incorporating wards dedicated to adult, high observation and later life patients.

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