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SIPTU calls for reassessment of St. Brigids bed closures

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – SIPTU has raised serious concerns over plans to close all acute pyschiatric beds in St. Brigids Hospital, Ballinasloe.

The trade union represents nursing, support and care staff in the East Galway Mental Health Services region.

A recent HSE reconfiguration means acute inpatient beds will no longer be provided at the end of the year at the Ballinasloe facility.

It instead is be used to provide enhanced community-based mental health care.

Under the review, 22 such beds will be maintained in Roscommon.

Paul Hardy of SIPTU Health Division says the assessment of the Ballinasloe site needs further consideration.

He says proximity to local hospital facilities is one of the areas that need to be rethought such as the A&E unit at Portiuncula Hospital.

Speaking to Galway Bay fm news, he says the HSE should now put its closure plans on hold.

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  • Commitments to end direct provision are “slipping”, according to the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission. It says the Government is already missing deadlines for short term commitments.
  • Galway City councillors have paved the way for an Aldi development at a site on the Monivea Road that has been derelict for almost 20 years. It’s on the site of the demolished Comer Machinery in 2005.
  • Frontline NHS workers have become some of the first people in the UK to receive their coronavirus booster jabs.
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National Broadband Ireland to host information event on rollout in Ballinasloe

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – National Broadband Ireland is to host a pop-up information event in Ballinasloe from tomorrow (Fri 17th).

The two day event will take place at Tesco Superstore in Menlo, Ballinasloe from 10am to 4pm.

The event aims to give the public an opportunity to learn about the national broadband plan, when high speed fibre broadband is coming to various areas in Galway and how households can get connected.

The NBI team will be on-hand to take registrations to enable future updates on the rollout in specific areas.

It comes as NBI currently has construction underway to bring fibre to 3,307 premises in the Ballinasloe intervention area.

These are in the townlands including Clontuskert, Ahascragh, Kilconnell, Liscapple, Aughrim, Carnakelly, Fohenagh, Riversdale, Dowras, Kiltormer, and Rosmore among others.

In total, there are 38,714 premises in the intervention area in county Galway, which includes homes, farms, commercial businesses and schools.

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UHG Has Second Highest Number of Patients on Trolleys In The Country

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: University Hospital Galway’s Emergency Department has the second highest number of patients waiting on trolleys at any ED across the country today.

According to the INMO’s trolley watch figures, there are 31 patients at the acute hospital’s Emergency Department in Galway city now awaiting beds.

UHG’s figure for emergency department patients awaiting beds is the second highest in the country, with only Cork University Hospital worse affected where 43 patients are on trolleys..

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