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Local election candidates sign up to anti racism protocol

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A number of Galway candidates running in May’s Local Elections have today signed an anti-racism protocol.

The initiative has been launched by Galway Traveller Movement as the group marks the UN International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

The protocol requires candidates to ensure that election campaigns are run in such a way that they do not ‘incite hatred or prejudice on the grounds of race, colour, nationality or ethnic or national origins, religious belief and membership of the Travelling Community’.

It also requires candidates and parties to condemn racist campaign materials or statements, and to guarantee that debates with asylum-seekers or Travellers are conducted in a responsible way.

Tune in to Galway Bay fm news for more details…

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Outpatients clinics going ahead at UHG following systems failure last week

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Outpatient clinics will go ahead this week at UHG after some were forced to be cancelled last week due to a systems failure.

Hospital management say that while there has been improvements in many areas following the cyber attack, there are continuing glitches with connections to other systems.

Progress has been made with interfaces with health links improving and the processing of GP bloods now functioning again.

Some clinics were cancelled last Thursday and Friday after a system went down.

Chris Kane, General Manager at Galway University Hospitals, told Keith Finnegan on Galway Talks that although progress has been made, the situation is changeable due to challenges with connecting systems as the team enters week five since the ransomware attack on the HSE.

She says there has also been a significant return to hospital activity with 27 patients waiting on a bed at UHG this morning.

The hospital manager has urged the public to consider primary care services and minor injury units if possible to avoid long delays at the emergency department.

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Work gets underway on €13m redevelopment of Old Grove Hospital in Tuam

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Work got underway today on the site of the €13 million redevelopment of the Old Grove Hospital in Tuam.

The project will see the site, which has been closed for 20 years, transformed into a modern mental health day hospital.

Planning permission was granted for the project at Vicar Street in 2017, which will involve the part-demolition, refurbishment and remodelling of the building in two phases.

Phase one will incorporate mental health and shared services while phase two would accommodate early intervention and disability services.

Speaking to Keith Finnegan on Galway Talks, Deputy Sean Canney said the new hospital should be fully completed and staffed within 18 to 24 months.

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NUIG research finds high rate of kidney disease among adults with diabetes

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Researchers at NUIG have found that over 40% of patients attending a dedicated diabetes clinic had signs of established chronic kidney disease.

The study was carried out by academics at NUI Galway and clinicians at University Hospital Galway Diabetes Centre and involved more than 4,500 patients in the West.

The findings suggest that, despite careful medical management, a relatively high proportion of people with diabetes in Ireland will develop chronic kidney disease over time and are at risk of kidney failure and other complications.

Diabetes is now the number one cause of chronic kidney disease and kidney failure worldwide.

Professor Matthew Griffin, consultant at Galway University Hospitals and researcher in NUI Galway’s College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences said the study was based on the results of commonly-performed blood and urine tests.

He said the frequency of chronic kidney disease was higher in those with type 2 diabetes.

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