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HSE confirms phased closure of Ballinasloe unit shortly

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Health Service Executive has confirmed that the phased closure of the 22-bed acute psychiatric unit in Ballinasloe will be begin on Monday week, January 20th.

It’ll entail the transfer of 5 acute beds from Ballinasloe to the existing psychiatric unit at University Hospital Galway.

This means there will then be 40 acute beds at UHG and 17 left in Ballinasloe.

Phase two of the plan will include the closure of another 5 beds in Ballinasloe to be transferred to UHG, but no date has been set for this transfer by the HSE yet.

The HSE says that the existing unit in the city is registered to operate at a higher bed number so there is no issue with capacity.

In a statement to Galway Bay fm News, the HSE says that services will be enhanced with the addition of Deliberate Self Harm nurses in Galway and Roscommon.

A new service will also be introduced with a Suicide Crisis Assessment Nurse who will assess patients in GP surgeries.

However Independent County Councillor Tim Broderick believes it’s not practical to transfer the beds from Ballinasloe to Galway.

Independent City Councillor Catherine Connolly says that UHG is already overcrowded at the Newcastle site.

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  • Commitments to end direct provision are “slipping”, according to the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission. It says the Government is already missing deadlines for short term commitments.
  • Galway City councillors have paved the way for an Aldi development at a site on the Monivea Road that has been derelict for almost 20 years. It’s on the site of the demolished Comer Machinery in 2005.
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National Broadband Ireland to host information event on rollout in Ballinasloe

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – National Broadband Ireland is to host a pop-up information event in Ballinasloe from tomorrow (Fri 17th).

The two day event will take place at Tesco Superstore in Menlo, Ballinasloe from 10am to 4pm.

The event aims to give the public an opportunity to learn about the national broadband plan, when high speed fibre broadband is coming to various areas in Galway and how households can get connected.

The NBI team will be on-hand to take registrations to enable future updates on the rollout in specific areas.

It comes as NBI currently has construction underway to bring fibre to 3,307 premises in the Ballinasloe intervention area.

These are in the townlands including Clontuskert, Ahascragh, Kilconnell, Liscapple, Aughrim, Carnakelly, Fohenagh, Riversdale, Dowras, Kiltormer, and Rosmore among others.

In total, there are 38,714 premises in the intervention area in county Galway, which includes homes, farms, commercial businesses and schools.

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UHG Has Second Highest Number of Patients on Trolleys In The Country

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: University Hospital Galway’s Emergency Department has the second highest number of patients waiting on trolleys at any ED across the country today.

According to the INMO’s trolley watch figures, there are 31 patients at the acute hospital’s Emergency Department in Galway city now awaiting beds.

UHG’s figure for emergency department patients awaiting beds is the second highest in the country, with only Cork University Hospital worse affected where 43 patients are on trolleys..

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