Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Taoiseach is being urged to back the provision of a minor injuries unit at Merlin Park Hospital to relieve the pressure on UHG.
The matter has been raised during Leaders’ Questions in the Dáil this afternoon by Galway West TD Noel Grealish.
He’s told the Dáil that a minor injuries unit based at Merlin Park could radically cut waiting times for patients, and greatly relieve pressure on the Emergency Department at UHG.
Statistics for the Emergency Department at UHG show that only around a quarter of the people who present themselves at the ED end up being admitted to hospital for further treatment or examination.
Addressing the Taoiseach this afternoon, Deputy Grealish described the current pressures facing Galway’s public hospital service.
In response, An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said the government has no current plans to provide a minor injuries unit in Galway – but admitted it would go some way to alleviating the overcrowding crisis.
Community in shock following fatal road crash in Abbeyknockmoy
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The man who died in a road crash in Abbeyknockmoy yesterday has been named locally as Pat Moggan.
The 48 year old from Clogherboy in Tuam was a father of five and worked as a machine driver.
The driver and only occupant of the vehicle sustained serious injuries during the collision which took place at around 6.30am near O’ Donohoe’s in the village yesterday.
He was taken to University Hospital Galway where he later passed away.
Local councillor Pete Roche says the community is in shock.
22 new cases of Covid-19 in Galway with 306 new cases nationwide and 1 additional death
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 1 additional death related to COVID-19.
There has been a total of 2,053 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.
As of midnight Sunday 29th November, the HPSC has been notified of 306 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 72,544 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.
Of the cases notified today;
- 156 are men / 148 are women
- 67% are under 45 years of age
- The median age is 35 years old
- 108 in Dublin, 30 in Limerick, 22 in Galway, 17 in Donegal, 15 in Wicklow, 14 in Cork and the remaining 100 cases are spread across 18 other counties.
As of 2pm today 244 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 31 are in ICU. 3 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.
The COVID-19 Dashboard provides up-to-date information on the key indicators of COVID-19 in the community.
*Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 3 confirmed cases. The figure of 72,544 confirmed cases reflects this.
Today’s cases, 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population and new cases in last 14 days (as of midnight 30 November 2020) (incidence rate based on Census 2016 county population)
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Drug offences account for main increase in crime across county Galway
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Drug offences accounted for the largest increase in crime across the county so far this year.
The issue arose at this afternoon’s meeting of the County Joint Policing Committee.
The latest Garda statistics revealed a 46% increase in the sale and supply of drugs with 51 offences recorded from January to October this year.
Simple possession also saw a 9% increase with 140 offences recorded in the period.
Cannabis accounted for the largest seizure year to date valued at over 223 thousand euro.
This is followed by heroin at almost 142 thousand euro.
Cocaine valued at over 83 thousand euro was seized in the 10 month period.
Garda Chief Superintendent Tom Curley told this week’s meeting of the joint policing committee that the increase in heroin is a concerning one and is due to a number of seizures valued in the 30 to 40 thousand euro category.
He said such a rise usually means an increase in crime and as such is being monitored very closely.