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Saolta warns of continuing significant delays at UHG due to cyber attack

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Significant Delays for Patients at University Hospital Galway

Patients attending the Emergency Department, outpatient and other appointments at University Hospital Galway are facing significant delays as the impact of theransomware attack on the HSE IT systems continues to affect the delivery of hospital services.

Although progress has been made to get priority systems back up and running including radiology, diagnostic/laboratory and patient information systems, many systems are not functioning fully or are much slower than usual. In addition, many supporting systems haven’t been restored yet.

Dr Ramona McLoughlin, Clinical Director for the Medical Directorate said, “We want to advise patients that they will face delays when they come to the hospital. We regret these delays and are working very hard within the hospital and with HSE IT Services nationally to restore the systems to allow us to function efficiently. There are around 80 different interconnected IT systems in use at the hospital making it a complex process to restore and the workarounds in place in the meantime are slowing us down. Unfortunately we are not able to run all clinics yet and we are still cancelling appointments.”

“Patients who are notified that their appointment is going ahead are advised to attend and be prepared to face delays.”

“Patients attending the Emergency Department are facing extremely long delays because essential services like blood tests and diagnostic services are taking much longer than usual and this is significantly increasing turnaround times for our patients. Patients needing urgent care will be prioritised. We ask patients to contact their GP or GP Out Of Hours Service in the first instance if their health problem is not urgent.”

“We would like to thank all our patients and their families for their support at this difficult time and apologise for the current disruptions and delays.”

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Bishop Street in Tuam to close tomorrow due to works to remove electricity poles

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Bishop Street in Tuam is to be closed all day tomorrow to allow for the removal of electricity poles.

The road will be closed to vehicle traffic from 6 tomorrow morning until 4 in the afternoon

Diversions will be in place, while pedestrian access will be maintained on the northern side of the street.

The works are the final stage of the project to move the ESB network underground, which was funded under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme.

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Plan for outdoor seating at Spar unit outside Newcastle student residence

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Permission is being sought to provide outdoor seating at the Spar shop adjacent to the student residence in Dangan.

The proposal led by Tom Meehan & Sons Ltd sets out to provide bistro-style tables and chairs for the use of customers of the Spar retail unit.

These would be located outside the main reception entrance at the ground floor of Block A of the permitted student residence in Newcastle.

City planners are due to issue a decision in July.

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New Mayor of Galway Collette Connolly aims to make Galway a more inclusive city for all citizens

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The new Mayor of Galway Collette Connolly is aiming to make Galway a more inclusive city for all citizens

The Independent councillor from City Central was elected in the last half hour through an established voting pact

Her district colleague and fellow Independent Mike Cubbard handed over his chains at the AGM of Galway City Council held in Leisureland

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