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Nurses protest outside University Hospital Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Nurses have gathered at University Hospital Galway this lunchtime to protest over staffing shortages and overcrowding at the city hospital.
Members of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation will also stage protests at Cork University Hospital and Limerick University Hospital tomorrow as part of a national drive to highlight growing concerns.
INMO figures show that August was the worst on record for overcrowding in hospitals across the country.
A meeting at the Workplace Relations Commission this month revealed that the HSE does not have a special plan to deal with extra patients this winter.
The meeting also heard 169 nursing jobs haven’t yet been filled – despite having funding.
Nurses are also concern that no decisions been made on how to guarantee replacements for nurses who are on maternity leave.
Nurses have gathered here outside the main entrance to UHG at Newcastle Road this lunchtime to voice their anger and concern at working conditions.
Staff are taking turns to join the protest line over their lunch breaks so that patients are still looked after within the hospital.
Tune in at 2 to hear from the nurses…

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Portiuncula Hospital appoints Bereavement Support Midwife

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe has appointed Leanne Norton as a Beravement Support Midwife for the hospital.

Ms Norton has previously dealt with bereavement through midwifery experience gained in The Rotunda Hospital in Dublin and Midland Regional Hospital in Mullingar.

The role will see her care for, and support, women, and families dealing with loss of pregnancy, stillbirth or neonatal death.

Leanne said she feels privileged to take on the role, and to provide compassionate, individualised, and culturally sensitive support to patients and their families.

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Works on Athenry sewer network worth €13m to begin in March

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Works to provide an upgrade to the sewer network in Athenry are to begin in March.

The €13m scheme will reduce the risk of sewer flooding and address the discharge of non-compliant sewer overflows in the River Clarin.

The project is to be carried out by Coffey Construction and is expected to be completed by the end of 2024.

Eunan Canavan, Wastewater Regional Delivery Lead, explains how this could lead to population growth in the town,

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Teddy Bear Hospital at University of Galway wraps up after busy two days

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Teddy Bear Hospital wrapped up today at the University of Galway after a busy two days.

Children from schools across Galway, from the city to Tuam, Mountbellew and beyond, brought their teddies to the hospital.

The university’s Sláinte Society set up pharmacy, X-ray and surgery stations at the Bailey Allen Hall on campus.

The aim of the event is to familiarise children with a hospital environment to reduce their fear of it.

Pupils explained to our reporters Sarah Slevin and Rachel Timoney why their teddies were attending the hospital today:

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