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New volunteers sought for Galway Patient Council as public hospitals under sustained pressure

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway University Hospitals Group is seeking volunteers to be part of its Patient Council.
Some members of the current Patient Council are nearing the end of their term, and the Saolta group is seeking new members.
The recruitment comes as the public health system saw a record 714 patients on trolleys this week – with UHG among the worst affected hospitals in Ireland.
The aim of the Patient Council is to work with the HSE to identify current and future opportunities to improve the care experience for patients, families and caregivers who use the services of UHG and Merlin Park Hospital.
The body serves in an advisory capacity, making recommendations which aim to improve services for patients at both facilities.
Between seven and ten people participate in the council, and work with the hospital management team.
The council meets bi-monthly, with a minimum of six meetings a year.
CEO of Croí Neil Johnson is chair of the Patient Council – he says the recent national patient survey has shown the positive effect the council has had at UHG.
TO APPLY, EMAIL MARIE.CORBETT3@HSE.IE

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Uber taxi service launches in Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – From today people in Galway will be able to book a taxi through Uber, making it the third city Uber has launched in Ireland outside Dublin. 

The US-based firm says the launch is a response to a significant increase in demand in Galway, with thousands of local residents opening the Uber app in recent months.

The first drivers are already on the road and Uber says it aims to bring at least 100 drivers onto the platform by the end of the year. 

Uber was founded in 2009 and now operates in 72 countries and over 10 thousand cities.

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Cabinet approval for surgical hub for Galway and site for new elective hospital

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Cabinet has today approved a new surgical hub for Galway – and given the green light for a site at Merlin Park to be used for a new elective hospital.

The surgical hub will focus on high volume surgeries like ear, nose and throat issues, urology, orthopaedics, gynaecology and general surgery.

A similar hub operating in Tallaght has reported a 90 per cent reduction in patients waiting more than three months for procedures.

While Merlin Park was already understood to be the location for a new elective hospital, it’s now officially been rubber-stamped.

Galway West TD and Junior Minister Hildegarde Naughton says what’s important now, is that we keep the ball rolling.

While there are no firm details on the now-approved surgical hub in Galway, Minister Naughton says it will also be a very important facility.

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Step forward in development of masterplan for Gort town centre

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There’s been a step forward in plans to develop a masterplan for the improvement of Gort town centre.

The masterplan will be designed in collaboration with the local community to make the town a more attractive place to live, work and visit.

There’ll be a strong focus on revitalising public spaces, and making them more attractive, accessible and safer.

A design team has now been appointed by Galway County Council, and will engage with Gort Town Team and local community stakeholders.

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