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Galway men face delays for prostate cancer examinations

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Just over a fifth of men referred to hospital in Galway for suspected prostate cancer are getting fast-tracked, compared to 100 percent of patients at Beaumont Hospital in Dublin.

According to today’s Irish Independent, the men are referred to rapid access clinics by their GPs, where they should be given an appointment within 20 days.

The rapid-access clinics were set up in 8 hospitals providing cancer care and were intended that men with symptoms of prostate cancer could bypass the normal route to be seen.

Only 22 percent of men referred to University Hospital Galway are seen within the target 20 day timeframe.

This compares to a one hundred percent rate at Beaumont and Mater Hospitals in Dublin.

According to the National Cancer Care Programme, there is extra pressure on services in the West as the prevalence of prostate cancer along the Western seaboard is higher than the rest of the country.

Another urolgist with expertise in cancer care is due to be appointed to the Galway team shortly.

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Fresh calls to renew Galway Dublin bus route in east Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – This week’s meeting of Galway County Council heard renewed calls for the re-instatement of the Galway to Dublin bus route that had been providing a service in the east of the county.

Councillors from the Ballinasloe and Loughrea areas stated that the ending of the service this week was a serious blow to commuters and a backward step for rural Ireland.

Another kick for rural Ireland is how Councillor Ivan Canning from Portumna described the decision by Bus Éireann to end the hourly bus service that took in the towns and villages of east Galway. Councillor Jimmy McClearn said that cities now seemed to be all important and that rural Ireland is the poor relation.

Ballinasloe and Loughrea area Councillors such as Dermot Connolly, Pat Hynes, Shane Curley, Michael ‘Mogie’ Maher and P.J. Murphy all spoke against the change to the bus service.

Councillor Evelyn Parsons said it was a strange decision given the policy of keeping as many cars as possible on the roads low and Councillor Geraldine Donohue expressed concern for students traveling to and from Galway city. She said they could now be left for a lengthy period waiting for transport at the Galway station.

Councillor Alistar McKinstry suggested that Bus Éireann be invited to the County Council to explain the reasoning behind the decision.

County Cathaoirleach, Peter Keaveney urged all Councillors to contact their Dáil and Seanad colleagues in a an effort to have the decision reversed.

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Man arrested in connection with serious assault in Tuam

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A man has been arrested in connection with a serious assault which took place in Tuam earlier this month.

Father of two Adrian Ansbro, a well known electrical contractor, was assaulted at Foster Place in the town in the early hours of July 11th.

He was stabilised at UHG following the incident and later transferred to Beaumount Hospital.

His condition has since been described as stable and improving.

An Garda Síochána have arrested and charged a man in connection with the incident.

The man, who is aged in his late teens, is to appear before a sitting of Ballina District Court this morning.

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Concern as GUH has one of highest patient waiting lists nationwide

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Galway Bay fm newsroom –

Galway University Hospitals Group has one of the highest patient waiting lists nationwide.

Close to 60 thousand unscheduled appointments remain on waiting lists for inpatient and outpatient services at the city’s two public hospitals..

That’s according to Sinn Fein Galway West TD Mairead Farrell who says the health service is facing a tsunami of delayed and missed care.

She argues GUH needs investment in urology and general surgery as more than four thousand people remain on lists for each service – with more than 45% of urology patients waiting for over a year.

Meanwhile, over five thousand children are also on waiting lists between UHG and Merlin Park.

It comes as Sinn Fein has launched its €914 million ‘Tackling Waiting Lists’ plan.

Deputy Farrell says the proposal seeks to give the health service the resources it needs to improve treatment for patients…

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