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INQUEST INTO DEATH OF SAVITA HALAPPANAVAR BEGINS TODAY

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An inquest into the death of Savita Halappanavar will re-open in Galway today following a one day preliminary hearing last January.

The 31 year old had a miscarriage at University Hospital Galway and died four days later on October 28th last, having contracted septicaemia and E.coli.

The inquest is scheduled to last at least a week and will hear from hospital staff who treated Savita Halappanavar in her final days.

More than 50 statements have been compiled but as few as 16 witnesses may be called before coroner Dr Ciaran MacLoughlin.

Experts  such as the former master of the National Maternity Hospital Dr Peter Boylan are also likely to give evidence.

A draft report by the HSE into the death found too much emphasis was placed on the foetus rather than the mother.

 

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Pieta to hire more therapists for city and Tuam services

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Suicide and self-harm prevention charity Pieta has announced it is to recruit additional therapists for its services in Galway and the wider western region.

Pieta currently employs more than 200 qualified therapists and support staff across 20 locations nationwide.

A recruitment drive is now underway to hire additional therapists at its centres in the city, Tuam and Ballina.

Pieta says it’s seen a 30 percent increase in calls and texts overall, which shows that its services are needed now more than ever.

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1,325 new cases of Covid-19 reported nationally

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – The Department of Health has been notified of 1,352 cases of Covid-19 this afternoon.

The figure is a increase of 254 on yesterday’s figure.

There are currently 177 Covid-19 patients in hospital – of which 27 are in ICU.

Meanwhile, over 70 per cent of the Irish adult population is now fully vaccinated.

18,000 people have been vaccinated so far this weekend in 26 walk-in vaccination centres across the country.

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Saolta announces changes to visiting times at UHG and Merlin Park

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Saolta has announced changes to visiting times at UHG and Merlin Park Hospital.

From Tuesday, both hospitals will facilitate one visitor per patient each day between 6pm and 8pm.

Previously, there was a one-hour visiting time in the afternoon and another one-hour visiting period in the evening.

However, the afternoon visiting time resulted in long queues, while there was also heavy footfall of people attending outpatient and other clinics.

Saolta says in order to manage the volume of people and maintain social distancing, it is changing to the new two-hour visiting time from Tuesday.

Visits must be arranged by family members or visitors in advance by contacting the relevant ward or unit.

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