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Hiker brought to safety after losing way on Twelve Bens

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A hiker was brought to safety yesterday after being located by mountain rescue teams in the Twelve Bens.

The man had gotten into difficulty due to poor weather conditions and poor visibility on the Connemara based mountain range.

Gardaí requested assistance from the Coastguard rescue helicopter 118 shortly after 2pm.

The man was brought to safety by mountain rescue teams after being located in the Derryclare area after 3pm.

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Galway University Hospitals and Portiuncula University Hospital issue update on disruption to services

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Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe and University Hospitals Galway have released an update on the disruptions to services as a result of the Ransomware attack on the HSE.

In the statements, they said that the ransomware attack on the HSE IT systems continues to have a considerable impact on hospital services.

Here are the service disruptions at Portiuncula University Hospital:

CANCELLATIONS

·         All outpatient clinics are cancelled.

·         All diagnostics including x-ray, CT scans, MRI appointments and cardiac investigations are cancelled.

·         Endoscopy services are cancelled.

·         All elective inpatient and day case procedures are cancelled; a small number of procedures may go ahead and in this event patients will be contacted directly.

EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT

Patients can expect significant delays in the Emergency Department as existing IT systems are not in use and the manual workarounds in place are time-consuming.

Where possible patients should bring their existing patient number or hospital number with them when they come to the hospital or any letter that they have received from the hospital as this will contain information which will make it easier to find existing medical records.

We ask patients to contact their GP or GP Out Of Hours Service in the first instance if their health problem is not urgent.

GOING AHEAD

Maternity services will go ahead.

Patients should attend their chemotherapy appointments unless contacted and advised otherwise.

Here are the service disruptions at Galway University Hospitals

CANCELLATIONS

·         All outpatient clinics are cancelled.

·         All diagnostics including x-ray, CT scans, MRI appointments and cardiac investigations are cancelled.

·         Endoscopy services are cancelled.

·         Radiotherapy services are cancelled.

·         All elective inpatient and day case procedures are cancelled; a small number of procedures may go ahead and in this event patients will be contacted directly.

EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT

Patients can expect significant delays in the Emergency Departments as existing IT systems are not in use and the manual workarounds in place are time-consuming.

We ask patients to contact their GP or GP Out Of Hours Service in the first instance if their health problem is not urgent.

Where possible patients should bring their existing patient number or board number with them when they come to the hospital. This number appears on appointment letters, test results, blood test results.

GOING AHEAD

Maternity services and dialysis treatment will go ahead.

Patients should attend their chemotherapy appointments unless contacted and advised otherwise.

Updates will be available on saolta.ie and hse.ie as well as Twitter @saoltagroup and @HSELive

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Motorists advised of possible delays due to roadworks on the L7156 Esker

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Motorists travelling on the L7156 Esker are advised that a section of the road will be closed to through traffic between the hours of 7.30 am & 7pm tomorrow and Tuesday the 18th of May due to road resurfacing overlay works.

The work is being carried out by Lagan Asphalt Ltd acting on behalf of Galway County Council and as a consequence, users of this road are requested to expect delays and as such should allow additional time for their journeys.

Galway County Council would like to take this opportunity to apologise for any inconvenience caused by these works.

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GMIT launches €1m programme to upskill regional workforce

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – GMIT has launched a €1m programme to help upskill the regional workforce to remain at the cutting edge of industry.

“Transcend”, led by the School of Engineering, will see the money invested in equipment and infrastructure to deliver a range of new programmes from Level 6 to Level 9.

The aim is to support the transition to “Industry 4.0” – also known as the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

It refers to the ongoing automation of traditional manufacturing and industrial practices, using modern smart technology.

Further information on the upskilling programmes available can be found at GMIT.ie.

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