Galway Bay fm newsroom – The duration of seclusion periods for children at a psychiatric unit in Galway have been described as ‘excessive’ by an inspector.
The Willows and Woodsend children’s units at Merlin Park Hospital in the city had an unannounced inspection from the Mental Health Commission in February this year.
The inspection report reveals that the seclusion room – which is monitored by CCTV – was used for one teenage patient for a 27 hour period on one occasion, and for 14 hours on another occasion.
The service said seclusion was used as a last resort and at times the child was not taken out of the seclusion room as they were asleep.
The inspector pointed out that extended periods of seclusion were ‘not therapeutic,’ but commended the centre on many other aspects of its care and policy.
Drop in confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Galway hospitals following peak
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Galway hospitals has dropped by four since yesterday’s high of 143.
There are 129 confirmed cases at UHG today, while 10 patients are being treated for the virus at Portiuncula Hospital Ballinasloe.
There are 11 COVID-19 patients in UHG’s intensive care unit – while two patients are being treated for the virus in the ICU at Portiuncula Hospital.
Nationally, 202 people are being treated in ICU this afternoon with Covid 19, the highest figure to date.
However the number of people in hospital with the virus has decreased for the first time since Christmas day.
But HSE chief executive Paul Reid says the country’s intensive care units are now well into a surge, and the situation remains concerning – to hear more, tune in to Galway Bay fm news on the hour…
Ros a Mhíl designated port for Northern Ireland vessel landings
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Ros a Mhíl in Connemara has been designated as a port for UK registered Northern Ireland vessel landings.
It’s one of five additional ports nationwide which have been announced by Agriculture Minister Charlie McConalogue to join Killybegs and Castletownbere.
Under the new designation, Ros a Mhíl will be able to accommodate landings of fish from vessels under 24 metres.
Since January 1st, the UK is a third country and subject to ‘illegal, Unregulated and Unreported’ regulation and North East Atlantic Fisheries Commission requirements.
Minister McConalogue says the designation of Ros a Mhíl is an important decision, which will allow fishers in small vessels to continue their livelihoods in a safe manner.
Galway Minister believes special schools should be facilitated to reopen as soon as possible
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway Minister Anne Rabbitte believes special schools should be facilitated to reopen as soon as possible.
Minister of State and Galway East TD Anne Rabbitte says they must reopen so parents have the choice as to whether they want to send their children back to school or not.
It comes as the re-opening of schools for students with special needs on Thursday is in doubt after a teaching union said it has “grave safety concerns”.
There are calls on the Education Minister Norma Foley to now produce an appropriate education plan for children with special needs.
Talks are to continue today ahead of the proposed re-opening of schools on Thursday.
Meanwhile, Minister Rabbitte told Galway Talks she will contact the Health Minister to find out where teachers will be placed on the vaccination schedule.