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St. Joseph’s Care Centre in Tuam to close in June

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – St. Joseph’s Care Centre at the Presentation Convent in Tuam is to close in June.

The decision to wind-down operations at the nursing home follows a strategic review of services.

St. Joseph’s Care Centre was converted to a nursing home by the presentation sisters’ northern province in 1993 and provides care for nuns from the presentation order.

It is currently running at 50 percent of its overall capacity.

The gradual wind-down will begin this month and is set to reach completion in June.

Sister now resident at the facility will be relocated to the order’s nursing home in Kilcock or to a private nursing home of thier choosing.

A spokesperson for the order says the decision will also have implications for staff who are now being consulted.

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1154 New Cases Of Covid 19 Confirmed

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 1,154 confirmed cases of COVID-19. 

As of 8am today, 297 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 63 are in ICU. 

The five-day moving average is 1,327.  

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Water Treatment Plants Across Galway To Be Audited As Part of Nationwide Inspection

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: Every water treatment plant in Galway and across the country is to be audited after unsafe drinking water entered the supply in the South East last month.

52 people became ill after drinking contaminated water that came from a plant in Gorey, Co Wexford, while a plant in Ballymore Eustace, which services part of Dublin, produced unsafe water for 10 hours one day last month.

An Forum Uisce says Irish Water’s delays in informing the EPA and HSE are unacceptable and clearly put the public at risk.

The Minister with responsibility for Irish Water Daragh O’Brien says the audits will start today.

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More Community Care Leads to Decrease In Waiting Times For Galway Heart Patients

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: Increased community-based care has led to shorter waiting times for cardiac appointments in Galway.

The Saolta Hospital Group says waiting lists for appointments have reduced from 6 months to 6 weeks.

In the past 7 months, more than 1-thousand people have undergone diagnostic tests through community-based services Galway University Hospitals are running with Primary Care Centres in Tuam, Gort, Claremorris and Galway City.

The new care model is also reported to be reducing pressure on hospital services such as in Outpatient and Emergency Departments.

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