Galway Bay fm newsroom:
Saolta officials have confirmed that a planning application will be submitted for the new UHG Accident and Emergency Department within the next 12 weeks.
The Emergency Department was designed to occupy two floors of a new five-storey block at University Hospital Galway.
There would also be a new maternity unit, comprising delivery suites, theatres and beds, as well as a paediatric ward on the top floor.
At a meeting of the regional health forum this week, officials advised stage one of the design process is nearing completion with the specific detail of the shell and core element which will be above the two floor ED to be finalised.
Officials confirmed that a planning application will be submitted following the completion of the design process in 8 to 12 weeks.
Saolta officials also confirmed that the ongoing options appraisal supports the development of a new accident and emergency department at UHG and not Merlin Park.
The long awaited planning application had been expected to be lodged this month.
Councillor Padraig Conneely says pre planning work is vital in this case to ensure the process goes smoothly:
New temporary Emergency Department to open at UHG in coming weeks
GBFM Newsroom – A new temporary Emergency Department is set to open at UHG in the coming weeks.
The temporary unit is needed for the construction of a major new block at the hospital, incorporating a brand new permanent emergency department as well as maternity services.
However, that project is still at a very early stage – meaning the new temporary ED will likely be in place for a number of years.
A meeting of the Health Forum West this week heard that it’s expected the unit will open in the coming weeks.
Councillor John Connolly spoke after the meeting.
Anger over exclusion of Ballinasloe representatives at meeting with Drew Harris
GBFM News – It’s deeply unfair that there was no representation from Ballinasloe at a recent meeting with Garda Commissioner Drew Harris.
That’s according to Councillor Declan Geraghty, who raised the matter at a meeting of the local district.
Commissioner Harris met with the County Joint Policing Committee recently, to discuss a new policing model for Galway, as well as local concerns.
The current membership of the JPC doesn’t include any representatives from the Ballinasloe district.
That’s something Councillor Geraghty says is not right.
Galway has new half-a-millionaire after Euromillions draw
Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway player has scopped half a million euro in the latest EuroMillions Plus draw.
McCanns Centra in Moycullen sold the winning ticket yesterday.
The winning numbers were 23, 32, 35, 42, 50.
Players in the county are being urged to check their tickets and make contact with the National Lottery team.