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HIQA records non-compliance issues at Ballinderry Nursing Home Kilconnell

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The Health Information and Quality Authority has published the findings of an unannounced inspection at Ballinderry Nursing Home in Kilconnell, Ballinasloe

The private facility had 46 residents on the date of March inspections which aimed to monitor ongoing compliance with regulations and standards.

At the time of inspection, 20 of the 46 residents were deemed maximum dependency.

On the first two days, inspectors found a number of areas of non-compliance where immediate action was required.

This included inadequate care arrangements for residents at risk of falls and also identified that some residents were at risk of choking as sufficient precautions had not been implemented around meal times.

Poor practices were also recorded in medication administration and a lack of support for some very dependant residents.

Inspectors were also concerned about staffing levels and skill mix, and the provision of staff training.

They were so gravely concerned at the number of immediate actions required that they returned to the centre a week later (Mar 22).

Another subsequent inspection found that while there continued to be a substantial amount of work to be completed to bring the centre into compliance, sufficient progress had been made over the weekend to mitigate the immediate risk to residents.

The provider responded to the inspection report last month (Apr 18) and has stated that many action items are complete with many others to be completed by the end of this month (May).

Some action items are listed for June such as the last session of infection control training.

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NUIG study confirms spiders can transmit harmful antibiotic bacteria through bites

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An NUI Galway study has confirmed that spiders can transmit harmful antibiotic bacteria through bites.

A team of zoologists and microbiologists from the university have published their findings in the international journal Scientific Reports.

The research confirms a theory which has been debated among spider and healthcare specialists for many years, and explains a range of symptoms experienced by victims bitten by the invasive noble false widow spider in Ireland over the past decade.

The study shows that not only do spiders carry harmful bacteria, but those germs can be transmitted when a spider uses its fangs to bite.

Meanwhile, the presence of this antimicrobial resistance bacteria can make treating spider bites more difficult.

Co-lead author of the study and PhD student at NUIG’s School of Natural Sciences Neyaz Kahn says the findings are particularly significant for healthcare professionals – to hear more, tune in to Galway Bay fm news on the hour…

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Concern over 37 per cent rise in domestic disputes in county Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Concerns have been raised over the rise in domestic dispute incidents across the county.

Latest Garda statistics show a 37 percent rise in the number of domestic disputes with 436 recorded in the first 10 months of the year.

Galway West TD Catherine Connolly described the figure as ‘horrific’ at this week’s meeting of the joint policing committee.

She said very often this can concern serious violence and assault and is frightening in a county where there are not enough refuges and safe places for those involved.

Garda Chief Superintendent Tom Curley explained to the meeting that in cases of domestic disputes with no offence disclosed, Gardai check for any orders in place.

They then organise a call-back or series of call-backs and such cases are monitored closely.

He added that if there is a second or third call, the Superintendent has to view the investigation and will issue clear directions.

Deputy Connolly said such cases are a huge concern given the confines placed on many households due to the pandemic – to hear more, tune in to Galway Bay fm news on the hour…

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Call for Galway sports clubs to apply for funding under Capital Grant Scheme

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Sports clubs in Galway are being urged to apply for funding under the Government’s new €40 million Sports Capital and Equipment Programme.

The funding is being administered by the Department of Sport and applications can be made online from Friday December 11th until the 12th of February 2021.

The programme provides funding for infrastructure works such as sports pitches, tracks, floodlighting and any other projects that will increase participation in sports or improve performance.

To make an application clubs must be registered on the Department system and full details of the grant programme, including how to apply, are available on gov.ie/sportscapital.

Meanwhile, the scheme will prioritise applications from disadvantaged areas and those working towards increasing participation including for female and disabled users.

Labour Party City Councillor Niall McNelis is urging local sports clubs to begin preparing their applications as soon as possible.

He says it’s vital clubs get the support they need at this difficult time.

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