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.
Eamon Ryan voices opposition to old rail lines in West being turned into greenways
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Transport Minister says he wants to see older rail lines in the west and south return to their original use, not turned into greenways.
Eamon Ryan says he wants to see a revived ‘Western Atlantic Rail Corridor’, spanning from Ballina in Mayo to Rosslare in Wexford.
There had been initial plans for the Claremorris to Athenry, and Waterford to Wexford lines to be turned into greenways.
Minister Ryan says the outcome of a strategic rail review will determine the future of these former tracks.
Campaigners to protest at Skerritt Roundabout this weekend over ‘lethal’ conditions
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Campaigners are set to protest at Skerritt roundabout near ATU Galway this weekend, over ‘lethal’ conditions at roundabouts across the city.
The Sunday4Safety group, who also run demonstrations in Salthill, will run a pop-up pedestrian crossing near the roundabout on Sunday at 11am.
They’re chosen Skerritt Roundabout as the location after a cyclist was seriously injured in a collision with a truck last month.
But they say the extremely dangerous conditions for cyclists and pedestrians are replicated at many other roundabouts across the city.
Organiser, Gráinne Faller, told David Nevin the people of Galway – whether on foot, on a bicycle or in a car – deserve far better.
Ballinasloe student creates award winning natural hair straightener
Galway Bay fm newsroom – A 13 year old student from Ardscoil Mhuire in Ballinasloe has been recognised for creating an innovative hair straightener.
Erin Godswill’s project came second in the science category of the national competition, Teen Turn’s Scifest.
The natural product, which resembles a hair mask, aims to straighten hair without any chemical treatment.
Ard Scoil Mhuire entered 6 projects, with one also entered from Presentation College Headford.
Erin explains how she developed the hair straightening mask.