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’.
Retail industry trade body welcomes B&Q announcement
Date Published: 07-May-2013
Retail Excellence Ireland, the country’s largest retail industry trade body, has welcomed the news that 60 jobs have been saved at the city branch of B&Q.
It’s after the home improvements store successfully exited examinership.
Under the scheme, 2.4 million euro is to be invested by parent company Kingfisher plc, and B and Q will continue to trade at eight stores
This means 640 jobs have been saved nationwide, including 60 at the outlet in Knocknacarra.
However, David Fitzsimons of Retail Excellence Ireland says landlords need to be willing to help out smaller retailers too.
Foundation reports nine Galway heart deaths each week
Date Published: 09-May-2013
Nine people die in Galway every week from heart disease and stroke.
That’s according to the Irish Heart Foundation, which is launching its Happy Hearts Appeal today. (9/5)
An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, launched the appeal today to help raise funds for the charity, which has seen increasing demand on its patient services.
The Foundation says it needs to raise at least half a million euro to maintain existing information services.
Call to tackle delays at Oranmore rail crossing
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Concerns have been raised over traffic delays at the railway crossing in Oranmore.
Councillor Jim Cuddy says he has received many representations from local motorists who have been experiencing extended delays.
He says the closed barrier can sometimes cause a traffic tailback as far as the roundabout near the Maldron hotel.
Cllr Cuddy has brought the matter to the attention of Iarnrod Eireann and has asked for an explanation as to why the crossing is closed for so long.