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OVERCROWDING CRISIS CONTINUES AT UHG

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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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Retail industry trade body welcomes B&Q announcement

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Date Published: 07-May-2013

Retail Excellence Ireland, the country’s largest retail industry trade body, has welcomed the news that 60 jobs have been saved at the city branch of B&Q.

It’s after the home improvements store successfully exited examinership.

Under the scheme, 2.4 million euro is to be invested by parent company Kingfisher plc, and B and Q will continue to trade at eight stores

This means 640 jobs have been saved nationwide, including 60 at the outlet in Knocknacarra.

However, David Fitzsimons of Retail Excellence Ireland says landlords need to be willing to help out smaller retailers too.

 

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Foundation reports nine Galway heart deaths each week

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Date Published: 09-May-2013

Nine people die in Galway every week from heart disease and stroke.

That’s according to the Irish Heart Foundation, which is launching its Happy Hearts Appeal today. (9/5)

An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, launched the appeal today to help raise funds for the charity, which has seen increasing demand on its patient services.

The Foundation says it needs to raise at least half a million euro to maintain existing information services.

 

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Call to tackle delays at Oranmore rail crossing

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Date Published: 13-May-2013

Concerns have been raised over traffic delays at the railway crossing in Oranmore.

Councillor Jim Cuddy says he has received many representations from local motorists who have been experiencing extended delays.

He says the closed barrier can sometimes cause a traffic tailback as far as the roundabout near the Maldron hotel.

Cllr Cuddy has brought the matter to the attention of Iarnrod Eireann and has asked for an explanation as to why the crossing is closed for so long.

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