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Hopes for city medtech industry to expand into county

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Junior Minister and Galway East TD, Ciaran Cannon has highlighted the opening of a new Medtech company in Oranmore, as evidence that Galway’s thriving Medtech industry could expand into the county.
The Minister highlighted the launch of Oliver Healthcare Packaging’s technology centre at Westlink Commercial Park in Oranmore as proof that towns throughout Galway with access to the motorway have a lot to offer.
Galway’s image as a centre of excellence for the Medtech industry has been focused on the city with the majority of Medtech businesses operating out of industrial estates such as Parkmore and Mervue.
Minister Cannon says the technology centre will enable new and existing medtech businesses to develop their packaging off site and will support further expansion of the sector.

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President Michael D Higgins expresses sympathies on passing of Patricia Carrick

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – President Michael D Higgins has expressed his sympathies on the passing of Oranmore woman Patricia Carrick.

The 51 year old, who’s cancer was missed by Cervical Check, passed away overnight at her home.

The President, who is a long-time friend of Patricia’s father Pat, praised her courage and grace as a campaigner.

He also said it’s an appropriate time to think of those failed by the state.

Earlier this month, the HSE and MedLab Pathology Ltd apologised to Mrs. Carrick in the High Court over the negligent reading of a smear test in 2016, and for the consequences and distress caused.

The Taoiseach Micheál Martin also offered a formal apology to Patricia Carrick and her husband Damien, as well as their four children.

Speaking on Galway Talks, Campaigner Vicky Phelan said the Carricks and their solicitor Cian O’Carroll are still fighting for justice….

To hear more, tune into Galway Bay fm news…

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80 percent drop in BreastCheck screenings at UHG due to Covid-19

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The number of women screened for breast cancer at UHG so far this year has dropped by 80 percent as a result of Covid-19.

While BreastCheck services have resumed in recent weeks, the numbers screened to that point are just a fraction of the figure for 2019.

Last year, 10, 675 women availed of the BreastCheck screening service at University Hospital Galway.

This year, screening was paused in March, due to the emergence of Covid-19.

By that point, just 2,167 women had been seen at the city hospital. .

While services resumed last month, they’ll still operate at reduced capacity due to Covid-19 – with the HSE estimating it could take several years to clear the backlog.

The matter arose at this week’s meeting of the Health Forum West – where it was revealed that overall, hospitals in the Saolta Hospital Group screened just over 8 thousand people between January and March.

That compares to a figure of almost 50 thousand for the 9 hospitals in the group that offer BreastCheck screening throughout last year.

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Cervical Check campaigner leads tributes following death of Oranmore woman Patricia Carrick

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Tributes have been paid following the death of an Oranmore woman who was one of those impacted by the negligent reading of a smear test.

Patricia Carrick died peacefully at her family home in the early hours of today.

She was diagnosed with cervical cancer last year and underwent treatment, but suffered a relapse in February.

Earlier this month, the HSE and MedLab Pathology Ltd apologised to Mrs. Carrick in the High Court over the negligent reading of a smear test in 2016, and for the consequences and distress caused.

The Taoiseach Micheál Martin also offered a formal apology to Patricia Carrick and her husband Damien, as well as their four children.

Cervical Check campaigner Vicky Phelan told Keith Finnegan on Galway Talks that Patricia has fought a long battle and can now rest in peace.

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