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Man injured in Loughrea fall

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A man is being treated in hospital after a fall in Loughrea last night.

Emergency services, including the fire brigade were called to Long Point in Loughrea to assist the man who was up a tree.

It’s understood he fell from the tree and was taken by ambulance to University Hospital Galway for treatment, although his injuries were not life-threatening.

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UHG dealing with rapid increase of COVID-19 patients

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University Hospital Galway says it’s dealing with a rapid increase in COVID-19 cases.

In a statement, the hospital adds it’s seeing very high numbers of attendances through the Emergency Department, with long waiting times on trolleys.

There are currently 65 patients with COVID-19 receiving treatment, which is an increase of 15 since Monday.

There are two patients with the virus in ICU today, and three wards in the hospital are dedicated to covid care.

UHG says pressure on bed availability is impacting scheduled elective care, and some elective procedures being postponed.

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Concern over high level of vacant nursing positions at UHG

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Concern is being raised over the high number of vacant nursing vacant positions at UHG.

A meeting of the HSE Health Forum West this week heard there are currently 141 vacancies at UHG and Merlin Park – as well as a further 25 vacant clinical nurse manager positions.

The matter was raised by Councillor Martina O’ Connor, who herself has worked at UHG for 30 years.

Speaking to Galway Talks, she says the hospital is under severe pressure – and there needs to be a streamlining of the recruitment process at all levels.

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Green light for Primary Care Centre in Spiddal

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – County planners have given the green light to a proposed Primary Care Centre in Spiddal.

The centres are a key part of the Slaintecare plan, and aim to ensure that people are only referred to hospital when they have complex needs or in the case of emergency.

Lead by Baile Eamoinn Teo, Spiddal Primary Care Centre would be a two story building consisting of 28 therapy and consultant rooms, located on the eastern edge of the village.

The developer says its vision is to see a high quality community healthcare facility delivered in Spiddal – for the benefit of the entire South Connemara Gaeltacht region.

Primary Care Centres provide a single point of access to health services in the local community and are seen a key factor in reforming the health service.

Services typically include Xray and diagnostics, GPs, public health nurses, dental, occupational and physiotherapy, mental health, psychology, opthalmic, mother & baby, and elderly care.

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