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Hospital waiting list grows – but four theatres lie idle because of recruitment ban

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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Date Published: 15-Jun-2011

A quarter of the operating theatres at University Hospital in Galway are currently closed, resulting in even longer waiting times for elective procedures to be carried out – and there is no prospect of them being reopened in the short term.

Against that backdrop, a crucial meeting is to take place between the Minister for Health and a delegation of hospital staff next week to discuss the impact on patient care due to the lack of theatre nurses.

It follows fears that the emergency department at Ballinasloe’s Portiuncula Hospital could close at night because of a lack of available doctors – management at the hospital are trying to avert this situation from happening.

Earlier in the week it was announced that the accident and emergency at Roscommon Hospital would close at 8pm each evening with patients having to go to Ballinasloe in the event of urgent medical assistance being required.

But if the emergency department in Portiuncula shuts down at night, then patients will have to travel to Galway city putting even more pressure on UCH.

Meanwhile, management at UCH are going ‘cap in hand’ to Minister James Reilly in the hope of lifting the moratorium on recruitment in the hope of reopening the theatres that currently lie in darkness.

See full story in this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Judge adjourns Connemara assault case

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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Date Published: 08-May-2013

A date will be set next October for the trial of a 52-year old Connemara man, who is charged with assaulting traditional Irish musician Noel Hill five years ago.

Michael Folan from Teach Mór, Lettermullen, is charged with intentionally or recklessly causing serious harm to Noel Hill at Tí Padraig Mairtín Beag in Leitir Mór, on St Stephen’s Day, 2008.

The matter had been listed for trial on several occasions before Galway Circuit Criminal Court in the intervening period.

It was referred to the High Court in Dublin last year for judicial review after Michael Folan said he wanted his trial heard ‘as Gaeilge’and that a bi-lingual jury be made available to hear the case.

At Galway Circuit Criminal Court, Judge Rory McCabe adjourned the case for mention to October when it’s expected a date will be set for trial.

 

 

 

 

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Bank of Ireland Galway Shopping Centre branch to close

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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Date Published: 10-May-2013

Bank of Ireland’s branch at Galway Shopping Centre on the Headford Road is to close in July.

The branch is to merge into the BOI outlet at Galway Industrial Estate in Mervue.

Galway Bay fm news reports the 14 staff impacted are to be offered redeployment and there will be no job losses.

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Galway RNLI rescues three people stranded on Hare Island

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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Date Published: 13-May-2013

Galway RNLI Lifeboat has come to the rescue of three students who got stranded on Hare Island after getting caught in the tide off Ballyloughan Beach.

The two girls and boy, in their late teens had gone for a walk and were spotted waving from the island by a local resident who contacted the emergency Services and Galway Lifeboat.

Conditions at the time (4pm) were very changeable with heavy showers.

Three members of the Lifeboat shore crew were working in the vicinity of the station at the time and launched the boat in six minutes.

The three students were picked up safely and brought back to the Lifeboat Station at Galway Docks where they were warmed up and given tea and did not require medical attention.

 

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