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HSE given two weeks to address safety concerns at UHG psychiatric unit

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The HSE has two weeks to implement changes at the UHG psychiatric unit while the Psychiatric Nurses’ Association ballots its members on possible industrial action.
The PNA is set to ballot its members from Monday over safety concerns at the facility, and the process is expected to take a fortnight.
Members claim understaffing at the unit is putting the safety of both patients and staff at risk.
In a statement issued to FYI Galway, the HSE states that eight new nursing posts have been approved for the facility.
It states that these posts will be temporary while the recruitment of eight new permanent posts is ongoing.
Last evening, PNA representatives met with HSE management to discuss the development of intensive community treatment teams.
The scheduled meeting was aimed at finding an alternative to hospital admission, and the HSE says it’s calling on the PNA to ensure that the new community services are put in place as quickly as possible.
Meanwhile, the PNA says it will go ahead with its member ballot with regard to possible industrial action.
National Secretary Noel Giblin says this will give the HSE an opportunity to address the concerns of staff at UHG.

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1154 New Cases Of Covid 19 Confirmed

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 1,154 confirmed cases of COVID-19. 

As of 8am today, 297 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 63 are in ICU. 

The five-day moving average is 1,327.  

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Water Treatment Plants Across Galway To Be Audited As Part of Nationwide Inspection

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: Every water treatment plant in Galway and across the country is to be audited after unsafe drinking water entered the supply in the South East last month.

52 people became ill after drinking contaminated water that came from a plant in Gorey, Co Wexford, while a plant in Ballymore Eustace, which services part of Dublin, produced unsafe water for 10 hours one day last month.

An Forum Uisce says Irish Water’s delays in informing the EPA and HSE are unacceptable and clearly put the public at risk.

The Minister with responsibility for Irish Water Daragh O’Brien says the audits will start today.

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More Community Care Leads to Decrease In Waiting Times For Galway Heart Patients

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: Increased community-based care has led to shorter waiting times for cardiac appointments in Galway.

The Saolta Hospital Group says waiting lists for appointments have reduced from 6 months to 6 weeks.

In the past 7 months, more than 1-thousand people have undergone diagnostic tests through community-based services Galway University Hospitals are running with Primary Care Centres in Tuam, Gort, Claremorris and Galway City.

The new care model is also reported to be reducing pressure on hospital services such as in Outpatient and Emergency Departments.

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