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Opposition TD concerned as overcrowding problems persist at Portiuncula Hospital

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Patients in the Emergency Department in Portiuncla Hospital, Ballinasloe are still facing overcrowding and long waiting periods.
That’s according to Roscommon-Galway T.D, Eugene Murphy who says the lack of bed capacity in the hospital is a serious emergency.
The Fianna Fail T.D says there was always an issue with overcrowding during the winter months due to seasonal flu however it has now developed into a year-round problem.
He says the process of discharging patients who are well enough to go home or to a step-down facility needs to be accelerated.
Deputy Murphy is calling on the Minister for Health, Simon Harris, and the HSE to address the issue before the peak winter season.
He says his 82 year old mother had to recently wait for 12 hours on a chair at Portiuncula.

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Taoiseach urged to support long-awaited new community centre in Newcastle

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Taoiseach has been urged in the Dáil to help secure funding for a long-awaited new community centre in Newcastle.

Deputy Noel Grealish said the area has over six thousand residents, yet is still without any local facilities.

Addressing Micheál Martin, he said the Newcastle Combined Community Association has submitted an application for funding under the urban regeneration and development fund.

He noted that the community group has invested €200 thousand into the project to date, which he described as shovel ready.

Deputy Grealish urged the Taoiseach to liase with Minister Darragh O’ Brien to ensure the much-needed project can be approved for funding:

In response, Taoiseach Micheál Martin said he would liase with Minister O’ Brien on the matter – to hear coverage of this in the Dáil tune in to FYI Galway@5

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Plan to amalgamate Forster Court Hotel with former tourist office

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There are plans to amalgamate the Forster Court Hotel in the city with the adjoining former tourist office.

The proposal is led by Connacht Hospitality Forster Street Ltd.

It would see internal alterations to amalgamate the hotel with the adjoining building formally known as ‘Aras Failte Tourist Information Office’ at basement, ground and first floor levels.

This would also involve a change of use of the adjoining building from tourist information centre including ancillary offices and retail space to a hotel or conference centre.

The development would make way for 11 hotel suites at first floor level, as well as alterations at ground floor level to facilitate the enlargement of the existing Forster Court Hotel restaurant bar area and new conference centre reception.

City planners are due to make a decision this month.

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Number of Covid-19 patients at Galway hospitals continues to fall

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The number of patients being treated in Galway Hospitals for Covid-19 has continued to drop steadily.

There are now just 13 patients being treated in the city and county – 10 at UHG, and a further 3 at Portiuncula in Ballinasloe.

There are 4 patients with the virus in the ICU at UHG, while there are no Covid-19 patients in the ICU at Portiuncula.

Nationally, 426 people with Covid-19 are in Irish hospitals today – the lowest number since December 29th.

105 of those patients with the virus are in intensive care.

Professor Philip Nolan, who chairs NPHET’s modelling group, says the country’s R number remains below 1 – to hear more, tune in to Galway Bay fm news on the hour…

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