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National hearing screening programme rolled out in Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The national newborn hearing screening programme is to be rolled out in Portiuncula hospital in Ballinasloe this Summer.

Galway University Hospitals implemented the scheme this month, however routine hearing screening has been part of the service for ten years.

The scheme is important as one to two babies in every one thousand are born with hearing loss and early diagnosis can have a significant impact on the babies future.

Newborn hearing screening has been part of the service at GUH since 2003, and in 2011 the HSE called for a national screening to be rolled out at all maternity hospitals.

The national programme has now been rolled out at UHG and will be introduced at Portiuncula Hospital and Mayo General Hospital this Summer.

The test is usually done before the baby leaves the hospital and a trained hearing screener carries out the test.

Any necessary follow up will be undertaken by the Audiology services at UHG and Galway community services.

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Drop in confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Galway hospitals following peak

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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…

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Ros a Mhíl designated port for Northern Ireland vessel landings

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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.

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Galway Minister believes special schools should be facilitated to reopen as soon as possible

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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.

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