Date Published: 08-Feb-2008
The Health Service Executive has hit back at criticism over the closure of the admissions therapy unit at St. Brigid’s hospital in Ballinasloe.
In a statement to Galway Bay Fm News this afternoon, the HSE claims that the closure of the room will not have “an adverse impact on patients.”
The special unit provides up to 25 patients with therapies such as occupational and relaxation and allows them to participate in arts and crafts.
However as of 4pm the room, which was staffed by non-specialist therpay staff, will be closed and the nurses who worked there will be redeployed to other parts of the hospital.
The HSE says patients will now have access to all appropriate therpaies via dedicated multi-disciplinary specialist teams.
However, Galway East T.D Ulick Burke says many vulnerable patients will be affected by what he calls, ‘a cost-cutting move’.
Appeal for information following Portumna crash
Date Published: 08-May-2013
Gardai are appealing for witnesses following a single vehicle crash at the Portumna bridge this morning.
The road from Nenagh to Loughrea reopened shortly after 11 this morning following the completion of a technical exam.
Four men were travelling in a van when they hit the Portumna bridge around 6:30 this morning.
Gardaí, ambulance and two units of Portumna fire services rushed to the scene, and one of the men was taken to Portiuncula hospital in Ballinasloe.
He is being treated for head injuries, which have been described by Gardaí as serious.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Portumna Garda station on 09-097-42060
President Higgins among GMIT’s first ever honorary fellowships
Date Published: 10-May-2013
GMIT is to honour seven outstanding individuals including President Michael D Higgins with Honorary Fellowships at a special ceremony later this month.
It’s the first time in the 40 year history of the Institute the Governing Body of GMIT has decided to award honorary fellowships.
The GMIT Honorary Fellowships will be conferred at the g Hotel in the city this day two weeks Friday 24 May at 2.30pm in front of 200 invited guests.
Galway commuters hold their breath as LRC intervenes in bus strike
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Galway commuters are holding their breath as there has been a potential breakthrough in the Bus Eireann dispute, as both sides have agreed to talks at the Labour Relations Commission.
The LRC intervened this afternoon, on day two of strike action that has seen 95 per cent of bus services disrupted across the country.
The LRC’s Director of Conciliation Services, Kevin Foley, says the National Bus and Rail Union and the company have agreed to meet for mediated talks at 8 this evening.