Galway bay fm newsroom – Elective surgery has been deferred at Galway university hospitals as staff attempt to deal with an increase in patient numbers.
There’s also been an outbreak of the winter vomiting virus at UHG which is adding to pressures on bed capacity.
The HSE says the A&E department is busy today because of an increase in the number of patients waiting for admission and the low number of patients expected to be finished their treatment at hospital and discharged.
UHG is also dealing with an outbreak of the winter vomiting virus and visitors are asked to only come to the hospital during official visiting hours.
The hospital is asking the public to keep the ED for emergencies only and to contact their GP in the first instance.
According to the INMO, 20 people are waiting on trollies at UHG today while another 10 are on trollies in wards.
The hospital is taking steps to deal with the situations and measures put in place include deferral of most elective surgery and visitor restrictions.
Convalescence beds are being purchased on a daily basis from private nursing homes to facilitate discharge.
Full infection control measures are also in place and UHG is working with all hospitals in the group to ensure that capacity on all sites is maximised.
Non-urgent elective surgeries cancelled at UHG as overcrowding continues
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Some non-urgent elective surgeries are being cancelled at UHG in a bid to tackle severe overcrowding at the city hospital.
It follows the issuing of a warning from the Saolta Hospital Group that the emergency department is extremely busy and there is ongoing pressure on bed availability.
General Manager at UHG, Chris Kane, says over 500 people presented at the hospital on Monday and Tuesday.
She says the overcrowding situation is very serious, particularly in relation to the ED, the Surgical Unit and the Acute Medical Assessment Unit.
Members of the public are urged to only attend the hospital in the case of emergency, and contact their GP or out-of-hours service if their health problem is not urgent.
Saolta is also reminding the public that the Injury Unit at Roscommon University Hospital is open from 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week, to treat adults and children over 5.
Speaking to Keith Finnegan on Galway Talks, Chris Kane said the current level of patients presenting is extremely high and “unusual” for this time of year.
She also noted there’s also been a rise in patients being treated for Covid-19, including in the ICU.
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Walk-in vaccination centres to open at Ballybrit and Clifden this weekend
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Walk-in vaccination centres are to be in operation in Ballybrit and Clifden from this weekend.
The HSE has revealed the details of the locations of all the walk-in vaccination centres on their website.
The Clifden satellite vaccination base will be open for walk-ins at Clifden Community School and the Galway Racecourse base will also take walk-ins.
A number will open nationwide this weekend for those over the age of 16.
It comes as 70% of the adult population is now fully vaccinated against Covid 19 and 85 per cent have received their first dose.
Health Minister, Stephen Donnelly, says those attending do not need an appointment.
Continued drop in number of Galway PUP claimants
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Over 500 less Galway claimants received the pandemic unemployment payment this week.
The number of people on the State support nationally has dropped below 200,000 for the first time.
192 thousand people are due to get it this week – the lowest number since it was introduced in March 2020.
10,159 people will receive the payment in Galway.
Economics lecturer in UCC, Seamus Coffey, says the economy is recovering well.