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OVERCROWDING CRISIS CONTINUES AT UHG

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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Date Published: 24-Sep-2011

The overcrowding crisis at the emergency department at University Hospital Galway could worsen over the coming hours.

That’s the concern of HSE West management who say people are continuing to present at the A&E department, despite an appeal earlier today for people not to attend unless absolutely necessary.

A HSE spokesperson told Galway Bay FM News this afternoon that there are 24 people assessed and waiting for beds, but there are more people arriving at the department who have yet to be assessed.

Hospital managers took the unusual step of opening up the medical assessment unit earlier today – which normally opens Monday to Friday – in a bid to alleviate the overcrowding.

However the unit only treats 11 people at a time and it’s feared it won’t be enough this evening.

In the meantime, people are being urged to attend their GP rather than the emergency department.

The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation says staff shortages and bed closures are causing the overcrowding and they’re pleading with the Health Minister to allow the HSE hire in more staff, ahead of the winter months.

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Appeal for information following Portumna crash

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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Date Published: 08-May-2013

Gardai are appealing for witnesses following a single vehicle crash at the Portumna bridge this morning.

The road from Nenagh to Loughrea reopened shortly after 11 this morning following the completion of a technical exam.

Four men were travelling in a van when they hit the Portumna bridge around 6:30 this morning.

Gardaí, ambulance and two units of Portumna fire services rushed to the scene, and one of the men was taken to Portiuncula hospital in Ballinasloe.

He is being treated for head injuries, which have been described by Gardaí as serious.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Portumna Garda station on 09-097-42060

 

 

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President Higgins among GMIT’s first ever honorary fellowships

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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Date Published: 10-May-2013

GMIT is to honour seven outstanding individuals including President Michael D Higgins with Honorary Fellowships at a special ceremony later this month.

It’s the first time in the 40 year history of the Institute the Governing Body of GMIT has decided to award honorary fellowships.

The GMIT Honorary Fellowships will be conferred at the g Hotel in the city this day two weeks Friday 24 May at 2.30pm in front of 200 invited guests.

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Galway commuters hold their breath as LRC intervenes in bus strike

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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Date Published: 13-May-2013

Galway commuters are holding their breath as there has been a potential breakthrough in the Bus Eireann dispute, as both sides have agreed to talks at the Labour Relations Commission.

The LRC intervened this afternoon, on day two of strike action that has seen 95 per cent of bus services disrupted across the country.

The LRC’s Director of Conciliation Services, Kevin Foley, says the National Bus and Rail Union and the company have agreed to meet for mediated talks at 8 this evening.

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