Galway Bay fm newsroom – Psychiatric nurses at the acute unit at University Hospital Galway will stage a protest later this week to highlight what they say is inadequate staffing.
The nurses claim that a lack of appropriate staff at the 45-bed unit in Newcastle is putting staff and patients at risk.
The protest will take place at 1p.m on Thursday at UHG.
It comes as a report is published on Community Mental Health Services in Galway/Roscommon.
It concluded that services in the region are operating under a 30-year old national strategy.
It also found that admission rates in West Galway and Roscommon are double the rate of Cavan/Monaghan which has implemented the ‘Vision for Change’ policy.
The HSE says many of the recommendations in the report are being addressed such as recruiting a Specialist Liaison Psychiatric Team at UHG.
Spokesperson for the Psychiatric Nurses Association, Des Kavanagh says nurses have been pushed to the limit at the UHG unit.
Local TD says €2.5m funding “vital lifeline” to local radio
Galway Bay fm newsroom – A local TD says the announcement of 2.5 million euro in additional funding for the broadcasting sector is a “vital lifeline” for local radio.
The allocation has been made through the Sound and Vision Scheme, which provides grants for the creation of high-quality programmes.
Galway East Fine Gael TD Ciaran Cannon says local radio provides a very important public service and deserves greater support.
TFI Local Link to launch new service between Ballinasloe and Castlerea
Galway Bay fm newsroom – TFI Local Link Galway will launch a new service between Ballinasloe and Castlerea on Monday.
Route 546 will operate three times a day in each direction.
It’ll cover Castlerea, Williamstown, Glenamaddy, Kilkerrin, Moylough, Mountbellew, Caltra, Ahascragh and Ballinasloe.
The new service will also provide commuters with a new peak-time service that interchanges with direct services to Galway from Ballinasloe.
Galway company raises over €15m to develop revolutionary heart impant
Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway-based company has raised over 15 million euro in funding to develop a revolutionary heart impant.
AuriGen Medical has launched a crowdfunding campaign, with the funds going toward facilitating clinical trials.
The start-up company is based in ATU Galway and was founded by John Thomspson and Dr Tony O’Halloran.
Dr Thompson explains how funding and investment has progressed their development of the heart implant which aims to treat stroke and arrhythmia risk: