Galway Bay fm newsroom – A steering group, including representatives of families/patients, is to be set up to implement all recommendations arising from a review of maternity services at Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe.
The HSE has announced that the external review is now complete, and is being examined by legal experts.
Since April of last year, the independent external review has examined 18 cases relating to events which took place at the hospital between 2008 and November 2014.
The review was led by Professor James Walker from the Department of Obstetrics at Leeds University.
The Saolta hospitals group has unreservedly apologised to all of the families involved for failings in the care provided to them.
After the draft report has been examined legally, relevant excerpts will be sent to staff to check for accuracy and fairness.
The Saolta hospital umbrella group expects this process to take place next week.
The report will then be finalised, and presented to the families involved and published.
In a statement to Galway Bay fm news, the HSE says the new steering group will work to ensure that the the recommendations contained in the review of maternity services are implemented.
UHG Emergency Department moving to new location this weekend
The Emergency Department at UHG is moving to a new location at the front of the hospital over the coming weekend.
This new location will serve as the hospital’s A&E until the permanent facility, which is only in its infancy, is completed in 2027 at the earliest.
In order to minimise the impact of the move hospital management is requesting that people only attend the A&E if it is an emergency situation from tomorrow onwards.
General Manager Chris Kane says it is inevitable that there will be some disruption as it is a 24/7 service which doesn’t have a downtime.
She added they are trying to minimise attendance from tomorrow to allow the move with least impact on the service, and are asking people if at all possible to attend their GP or the Roscommon Injury Unit.
The temporary ED facility will have more capacity and will provide all single closed cubicles, extra resuscitation bays and a dedicated children’s zone.
Although this increase does not meet the population needs, the layout of the temporary facility provides greater privacy and dignity for patients.
While the new 100 million euro Emergency Department is at least 5 years away hospital management says this relocation frees up the footprint to construct the new multi-storey which will house the permanent A&E and Women’s and Children’s Department.
Prof Pat Nash, Chief Clinical Director for the Saolta Group says the progression of this block remains a key priority and they will continue to advocate for a service which is fit for purpose and addresses service capacity and risk issues.
UHG has country’s second highest number of patients on trolleys today
GBFM Newsroom – University Hospital Galway has the second highest number of patients in the country on trolleys this morning.
INMO’s Trolley Watch survey shows that there are 59 patients currently without beds at the hospital this morning.
55 of those patients are attending UHG’s Emergency Department while 4 are awaiting beds at wards elsewhere in the hospital.
9 patients are on trolleys at Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe between the Emergency department and wards elsewhere in the hospital.
Cork University Hospital is worst affected this morning with 69 patients waiting on beds there, all of which are in the emergency department.
13 schools and youth centres in Galway to join Creative Schools initiative
13 schools and youth centres in Galway will join the The Art Council’s Creative Schools Initiative.
This initiative provides opportunities for children and young people to build their artistic and creative skills.
186 places were offered by the Arts Council to join its Creative Schools initiative.
Students will have the opportunity to explore creatively and engage in activities such as baking, photography, and design as part of the initiative.
The successful Galway schools and centres are: Coláiste Naomh Eoin, Coláiste Ghobnait, Scoil Chuimsitheach Chiaráin in an Cheathrú Rua, Youthreach Ballinasloe, Portumna Community School and National Schools Gort Na Gaoithe, St Oliver Plunkett NS, St Joseph’s NS, SN Naomh Ciarán in Cill Chiaráin, SN Baile An Mhuilinn, Scoil An Linbh Íosa, Inishbofin NS, Creggs Central NS.
The latest round of offers means that 1 in 5 schools nationwide have taken part in the initiative since its formation in 2018.