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One in six Galway GPs unwilling to take on new patients

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – One in six GP’s across Galway are unwilling to take on new patients.

That’s according to a new report which reveals that the majority of GP’s nationwide are not willing to accept new patients.

In Galway, 60 percent said they were willing to take on new patients, while just 16 percent expressly stated they were not willing to do so.

A further 4 percent of GP’s across the county said they were unsure if they had space for new patients.

According to the Irish Independent, 100 percent of GPs in Leitrim were willing to see new patients – while 100 percent of GPs in Co. Laois said they had no space.

The survey found rural areas in the south west and Dublin commuter belt counties to be worst affected.

The problem was particularly evident in Co Laois, where no surgeries were found to have space for new patients.

80 percent of those in Carlow and Longford were also found to be at full capacity.

In Kilkenny, 75 percent said they were full, with the rest stating an assessment of new patients was needed before a decision was made.

Other counties that ranked high on the list included Tipperary at 54 percent max capacity, Kerry at 53 percent and Limerick at 52 percent.

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NUIG researchers make history with medical drone delivery

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Galway Bay fm newsroom:

NUI Galway researchers have made history after completing the first delivery of diabetes medication using a drone.

It took the device just over 15 minutes to fly the medicine from Connemara Airport to Inis Mór.

Researchers say recent severe weather events, including storms Emma and Ophelia, demonstrated the need to develop a way to deliver medicines in all circumstances.

Professor Derek O’Keeffe, who led the project, says it’s crucial that people with diabetes have access to lifesaving medicine at all times.

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12 Galway medical projects set to benefit from €2.6m in government funding

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – 12 Galway medical projects are set to recieve a combined 2.6 million euro in Government funding.

Minister for Health Simon Harris has announced the 122 projects which are to be included in the Sláintecare Integration Fund across the country.

The biggest local award with a share of 700 thousand euro in funding is for elder care with Galway city, Tuam and Athenry to become the new pioneer sites for integrated care programmes.

Programmes designed to deliver integrated care for type 2 diabetes in Tuam, Athenry, Loughrea and parts of Cork have been allocated a combined 515 thousand euro.

Portiuncula University Hospital in Ballinasloe, Primary Care Galway will receive over 330 thousand euro for a heart failure integrated care project.

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Minister formally opens UHG acute mental health unit

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Minister Jim Daly has officially opened the adult acute mental health unit at UHG.

The purpose built 50 bed acute psychiatric inpatient unit is in operation since last June .

The multi-million euro capital development provides support for people experiencing severe mental disorders and necessitating inpatient care.

The facility represents an increase of 5 acute inpatient beds incorporating wards dedicated to adult, high observation and later life patients.

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