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Public urged to attend or cancel Galway hospital appointments

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Waiting lists in the west were reduced from over 43,000 patients to 20,000 in the first five months of the year.

However, members of the public have again been urged to keep their hospital appointments or call to cancel to prevent outpatient waiting list backlogs.

Bill Maher, CEO of the Galway/Roscommon hospital group says significant progress has been made with ‘do not attend’ rates but there is still work to be done.

The out-patient waiting lists were discussed following a question from Tuam area Councillor Mary Hoade at this week’s meeting of the HSE West Regional Health Forum.

Councillor Hoade said a system should be introduced to remind patients of appointments that are given for the following year.

Bill Maher responded by saying that patients are currently notified by letter six weeks in advance, and in urgent cases patients are contacted by phone.

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Efforts Intensify to Broker Peace Deal Among Feuding Factions Following Yesterday’s Violence in Tuam

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: Tuam area councillors are calling on the leaders of the groups involved in yesterday’s violence in Tuam to come to the table for peace talks with community leaders in a bid to avoid any reprisals.

There’s been widespread reaction to the altercation which it’s believed is linked to an ongoing feud in the Galway town.

Up to 30 gardai accompanied by armed officers attended the scene at the cemetery on the Athenry road at 4 o’clock yesterday afternoon, after violence broke out.

A 16-year-old boy was arrested as he tried to flee in possession of a knife.

Five men and two women were taken to University Hospital Galway, with non life-threatening injuries.

Two funerals took place yesterday in the town with local Councillor Donagh Killilea stating that the violence which broke out later that afternoon was not connected to the bereaved families.

Instead it’s believed yesterday’s incident is related to an ongoing local feud in the town.

Speaking To Keith Finnegan on Galway Talks , Tuam Fine Gael Councillor Pete Roche says he is fearful of reprisals following yesterday’s violence.

Efforts have intensified today to broker a peace deal between the families involved in the Tuam feud.

It’s hoped those involved will meet with community leaders next week to avoid any further violence breaking out in the town.

Fianna Fail Councillor Donagh Killilea says he has extended an invitation to peace talks in a bid to avoid any further incidents.

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Night-time Water Restrictions Lifted in Glenamaddy

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: Night time water restrictions have been lifted in Glenamaddy.

The restrictions, which were in place since Saturday, have been lifted with immediate effect.

Irish Water says they were necessary due to high levels of domestic, commercial and agricultural demand for treated drinking water experienced in Glenamaddy and surrounding areas, coupled with low reservoir levels.

Water reserves have now recovered.

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UHG second most overcrowded hospital nationwide

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: University Hospital Galway is the second most overcrowded hospital nationwide today.

47 patients are waiting at the emergency department at the city acute hospital.

Cork University Hospital is the most overcrowded with 50 patients.

Latest figures from the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation show 365 admitted patients are waiting for beds around the country this morning.

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