Galway Bay fm newsroom – Some non-urgent surgeries scheduled for UHG today have been deferred.
It’s after the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation counted 714 patients on trolleys yesterday – the highest number ever recorded.
The Health Minister Simon Harris says the poor weather has made a bad situation worse.
Affected patients are being contacted directly, so those who have not heard from their hospital should attend for their appointment as scheduled.
Meanwhile, Nursing Homes Ireland says a snapshot survey has revealed that at least 29 beds are available within 15 nursing homes across Galway as acute hospitals suffer.
In total, there are 35 private and voluntary nursing homes across the county providing specialist step-down and long-stay care.
Nursing Homes Ireland has written to the Health Minister and the HSE to inform them of bed availability.
Nationally, a snapshot survey informed of over 530 beds being available within 114 nursing homes across the country which could be used to accommodate patients discharged from hospitals to free up acute bed spaces.
Uber taxi service launches in Galway
Galway Bay fm newsroom – From today people in Galway will be able to book a taxi through Uber, making it the third city Uber has launched in Ireland outside Dublin.
The US-based firm says the launch is a response to a significant increase in demand in Galway, with thousands of local residents opening the Uber app in recent months.
The first drivers are already on the road and Uber says it aims to bring at least 100 drivers onto the platform by the end of the year.
Uber was founded in 2009 and now operates in 72 countries and over 10 thousand cities.
Cabinet approval for surgical hub for Galway and site for new elective hospital
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Cabinet has today approved a new surgical hub for Galway – and given the green light for a site at Merlin Park to be used for a new elective hospital.
The surgical hub will focus on high volume surgeries like ear, nose and throat issues, urology, orthopaedics, gynaecology and general surgery.
A similar hub operating in Tallaght has reported a 90 per cent reduction in patients waiting more than three months for procedures.
While Merlin Park was already understood to be the location for a new elective hospital, it’s now officially been rubber-stamped.
Galway West TD and Junior Minister Hildegarde Naughton says what’s important now, is that we keep the ball rolling.
While there are no firm details on the now-approved surgical hub in Galway, Minister Naughton says it will also be a very important facility.
Step forward in development of masterplan for Gort town centre
Galway Bay fm newsroom – There’s been a step forward in plans to develop a masterplan for the improvement of Gort town centre.
The masterplan will be designed in collaboration with the local community to make the town a more attractive place to live, work and visit.
There’ll be a strong focus on revitalising public spaces, and making them more attractive, accessible and safer.
A design team has now been appointed by Galway County Council, and will engage with Gort Town Team and local community stakeholders.