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Statement from Galway hospitals re status red weather warning

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Galway Bay fm newsroom :
Following the upgrade of the weather warning last night by Met Eireann to Status Red for the entire country today (Thursday March 1st), Galway University Hospitals (University Hospital Galway and Merlin Park University Hospital) and Portiuncula University Hospital have cancelled routine electives and outpatient appointments today and tomorrow (Friday 2nd).
The hospitals are putting arrangements in place to ensure the continuation of essential services for chemotherapy and dialysis patients as well as those coming in for urgent surgery. These patients are being prioritised at this time and are being contacted by the clinical teams in relation to appointments/procedures planned for today and tomorrow. In circumstances where patients are unable to travel, alternative dates will be provided as soon as possible.
In relation to the renal service in Merlin Park, we are in contact with transport providers for dialysis patients with regard to the weather conditions. Patients will be contacted individually and decisions will be based on clinical need and the travel advice from the National Emergency Co-ordination Group.
We will continue to do everything possible to maintain all essential services to patients receiving planned cancer and renal services. All appointments cancelled during this period will be rescheduled and we will be in contact directly with patients to reschedule their appointments.
Patients should be advised that if they do attend the hospital today for a clinic appointment they will be seen.
Where possible, radiotherapy patients should attend for their scheduled treatment in UHG.
The hospitals’ Emergency Departments continues to be busy and we expect difficulties around discharge planning as a consequence of the adverse conditions.
We would ask that patients who are being discharged today are collected from the hospital as early as possible to avoid travelling during the worsening conditions forecast for this afternoon
We would encourage people to consider all options available to them for their healthcare needs and to protect the ED for those most seriously ill as delays can be expected.
GUH and PUH are working closely with colleagues in the Community Health Organisations and with the National Ambulance Service.
Keep up to date with @HSELive and @saoltagroup on Twitter and visit www.hse.ie/weatherwarning or www.saolta.ie for all the latest information regarding health services

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Man in his 80s dies in M6 collision near Athenry

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Gardaí remain at the scene of a fatal road traffic collision involving three cars, on the M6 westbound near Athenry between Junction 18 and Junction 19.

The driver of one of the cars, a man in his 80s, was pronounced dead at the scene of the collision which took place at 2pm.

A male in his 70s and female in her 20s were taken to University Hospital Galway to be treated for their injuries which are understood to be non-life threatening.

The road is currently closed to allow for a technical examination to be undertaken by Forensic Collision Investigators.

Local diversions are in place. Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to come forward and any road users with video footage are asked to make this available to investigating Gardaí.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Galway Garda station on 091 538 000, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.

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Spiddal to be affected by water outages until tomorrow

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom- Residents in the Spiddal area are being advised to expect continued water outages overnight and into tomorrow.

It follows a technical fault at Spiddal Water Treatment Plant this morning that’s affecting part of Spiddal village, as well as an area between Furbo and Inverin.

Irish Water says every effort is being made to resolve the situation, but it will be later tomorrow before a supply is restored

Earlier, the utility had anticipated that water would be restored this afternoon.

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Oranmore native Joe Mag Raollaigh appointed RTE’s new Agriculture and Consumer Affairs Correspondent

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom- Oranmore native Joe Mag Raollaigh has been appointed RTE’s new Agriculture and Consumer Affairs Correspondent.

Currently the Editor of RTÉ’s flagship political programme The Week in Politics, Joe has worked with RTÉ News across radio, television and online since 2008.

A fluent Irish speaker, Joe will report in both English and Irish.

Joe was born in Boston, where his parents had emigrated in the 1960s, but the family returned in the early 70s and settled in Oranmore.

He attended NUI Galway where he earned a BA, an MA in Modern Irish and a Higher Diploma in Applied Communications.

He started his broadcasting career in Clare FM, hosting current affairs and farming radio shows before moving to TG4, Nuacht RTÉ, and RTÉ News.

Joe will be commencing his new role in February.

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