Galway Bay fm newsroom – Over 1,200 elderly patients were forced to wait more than 24 hours at UHG’s emergency department last year.
That’s according to City Councillor Mairead Farrell, who claims the latest statistics are ‘borderline criminal’.
She says the figure makes UHG the second worst hospital in the country for wait times for the over 75’s during 2017.
The information was revealed in a recent parliamentary response from the HSE to Sinn Fein Deputy Louise O’ Reilly.
It revealed that 1,244 patients aged 75 or older were not seen within 24 hours at UHG’s Emergency Department last year.
Sinn Féin councillor Farrell says staff are doing their best but much more is needed from government.
Water outage and road closure in Headford area due to burst water main
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Residents and businesses in surrounding areas of Headford will be without a supply of water from now until 5 tomorrow evening (sat)
This is due to a burst watermain between Carheens and Caltra Cross.
The areas affected include Kilconly GWS, Ratesh, Shrule, Liss, Logawannia, Rockwood, Shrule Road Headford, Bally Fruit GWS, Cloghanower GWS and Keekill GWS.
Headford Town will continue to have water.
Also, the road between Carheens and Caltra Cross will have to be closed for a period of time between 8 tomorrow morning and 5 tomorrow evening to allow for the repairs.
15 new COVID-19 cases in Galway, 265 nationally, and 6 further deaths
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 6 additional deaths related to COVID-19.
There has now been a total of 2,086 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.
As of midnight Thursday 3rd December, the HPSC has been notified of 265* confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 73,491** confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.
Of the cases notified today:
- 133 are men / 131 are women
- 66% are under 45 years of age
- The median age is 33 years old
- 84 in Dublin, 28 in Louth, 27 in Limerick, 19 in Donegal, 15 in Wicklow, 15 in Galway and the remaining 77 cases are spread across 18 other counties.
As of 2pm today, 232 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 27 are in ICU. 14 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.
Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said: “We are now entering an important phase in our collective efforts to suppress spread of the virus. We have made significant progress and reduced transmission in our homes and communities, but it will take a consistent individual effort from everyone to keep up that momentum in coming weeks.
“The recent stabilisation in cases that we have experienced is fragile, but it is within our grasp to maximise our protection against the spread of COVID-19. I urge you to use the public health advice on regular handwashing, social distancing and wearing of face coverings to safeguard you and your family from the devastating impact this virus can have, especially on our most vulnerable people.”
Dr Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said: “If you are heading out this weekend, please make every effort to keep safe. Plan ahead, meet outside where possible and keep your contacts to a minimum. Avoid crowded or poorly ventilated spaces and leave if your environment doesn’t feel safe.”
The COVID-19 Dashboard provides up-to-date information on the key indicators of COVID-19 in the community.
* A technical issue that delayed uploading of laboratory results to the HPSC has been resolved. It led to a reduced number of cases reported in recent days. The reporting will be reflected in a higher number of cases tomorrow. There has been no impact on the management of cases or the timeliness of contact tracing. Day on day variations such as these are taken into account in all epidemiological analyses.
**Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 2 confirmed cases. The figure of 73,491 confirmed cases reflects this.
Today’s cases, 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population and new cases in last 14 days (as of midnight 03 December 2020) (incidence rate based on Census 2016 county population)
|County||Today’s cases (to midnight 03Dec2020)||14-Day incidence rate per 100,000 population||New Cases during last 14 days|
Ireland’s current 7-Day incidence rate per 100,000 population is 38.2.