Galway Bay fm newsroom – The number of patients on trollies awaiting treatment at the emergency department in UHG this week is not due to capacity problems but to an increase in demand.
That’s according to Tony Canavan, the Chief Operating Officer of the hospital group who says all efforts are being made to reduce the numbers waiting.
A number of elective procedures have also been postponed this week to cope with the demand.
28 patients are waiting on trollies at UHG today.
21 beds have been opened in the hospital to free up capacity with 13 of these in the surgical day ward.
Speaking on Galway Talks, Mr. Canavan says all beds that can be opened have been opened.
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – The Department of Health has been notified of 393 new cases of Covid-19.
That is an increase of 72 on last night’s figures.
However, the number in hospitals across the country continues to fall with 48 currently receiving treatment, a reduction of five on yesterday and down 10 on the same day last week.
14 Covid patients are in intensive care, down 1 on yesterday and 8 on the same day last week.
There are no figures available for Galway.
City Councillor urges local sports clubs to ensure defibrillators installed
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – A City Councillor is calling on sports clubs across Galway to ensure they have defibrillators installed and club members are trained in their use.
Councillor Alan Cheever’s is making the call following the collapse of Christan Erikinson at the Euros match between Denmark and Finland.
He says the incident clearly shows how quick intervention can save lives.
Councillor Cheevers says some clubs across the city have defibrillators, while many others do not – but they should be a universal feature at all sports facilities.
He acknowledges there is cost involved, but says there are supports available and to avail of those supports.
LISTEN: Junior Heritage Minister launches Cladoir conservation project at Connemara National Park
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Junior Heritage Minister Malcolm Noonan is currently in Connemara National Park where he launched the Cladoir Sheep Conservation Project.
Cladoir, or ‘shore dweller’ sheep, were believed extinct in 1995, but the NPWS has worked with local farmers and Teagasc to regenerate the breed.
The minister arrived at the National Park Visitor Centre in Letterfrack where he met the staff in the last hour.
The Minister will also view Tamworth Pigs and Irish Moiled cattle.
Joint chairpersons of the Cladoir Sheep Preservation Committee Sean Cadden and Tom King, and Chief Archaeologist with the National Monuments Service Michael MacDonagh are accompanying Minister Noonan.
Speaking to Galway Bay FM news, the Minister was looking forward to launching the project and he also wanted to to pay tribute to the work of the staff in keeping the park open during the pandemic
Connemara National Park receives over 200,000 visitors a year, and Minister Noonan will also view proposed capital infrastructure projects, visit Newfoundland Wood, and view archaeological sites of importance.