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HIQA identifies failure to provide basic care in Savita case

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A HIQA report into the death of Savita Halappanavar has found there was a fundamental failure to provide basic care at University Hospital Galway.

The 31 year old died on October 28th last, seven days after her admission to a gynaecology ward.

The authority identified that there was a general lack of provision of basic fundamental care, for example not following up on blood tests.

There was also failure to recognise Savita was at risk of clinical deterioration, and a failure to act or escalate concerns to an appropriately qualified clinician.

In addition, the clinical governance arrangements within the hospital failed to recognise that vital hospital policies were not in use, nor were arrangements in place to ensure the provision of basic care on St. Monica’s ward.

It makes 34 recommendations for maternity services both in Galway and nationwide.

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New temporary Emergency Department to open at UHG in coming weeks

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GBFM Newsroom – A new temporary Emergency Department is set to open at UHG in the coming weeks.

The temporary unit is needed for the construction of a major new block at the hospital, incorporating a brand new permanent emergency department as well as maternity services.

However, that project is still at a very early stage – meaning the new temporary ED will likely be in place for a number of years.

A meeting of the Health Forum West this week heard that it’s expected the unit will open in the coming weeks.

Councillor John Connolly spoke after the meeting.

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Anger over exclusion of Ballinasloe representatives at meeting with Drew Harris

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GBFM News – It’s deeply unfair that there was no representation from Ballinasloe at a recent meeting with Garda Commissioner Drew Harris.

That’s according to Councillor Declan Geraghty, who raised the matter at a meeting of the local district.

Commissioner Harris met with the County Joint Policing Committee recently, to discuss a new policing model for Galway, as well as local concerns.

The current membership of the JPC doesn’t include any representatives from the Ballinasloe district.

That’s something Councillor Geraghty says is not right.

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Galway has new half-a-millionaire after Euromillions draw

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway player has scopped half a million euro in the latest EuroMillions Plus draw.

McCanns Centra in Moycullen sold the winning ticket yesterday.

The winning numbers were 23, 32, 35, 42, 50.

Players in the county are being urged to check their tickets and make contact with the National Lottery team.

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