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Taoiseach vows to fast-track new emergency department at UHG

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has vowed to do everything in his power to ensure that nothing delays the deliver of a new emergency department at UHG.
Leo Varadkar has officially opened the new 75 bed ward block at UHG this afternoon – the facility has been in operation for some time, but has not added to bed capacity at the beleaguered hospital.
Yesterday, UHG nurses recorded an all-time high of 58 patients on trolleys at the emergency unit.
Addressing the event at UHG’s nurses’ home, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar acknowledged the pressures facing staff, and said he’ll do all he can to make sure a new unit is delivered as quickly as possible.
This afternoon, Leo Varadkar is attending an Ireland 2040 event at NUI Galway where he’ll outline how Galway is set to benefit from government investment over the lifetime of the 2040 plan.
He’s also due to meet with the Galway 2020 team.

Tune in at 3 for more on the Taoiseach’s visit to Galway….

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Council seek funding for re-design of “accident blackspot” at Derrydonnell Cross Athenry

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway County Council is seeking funding for the full re-design of the layout of Derrydonnell Cross in Athenry.

It would include a safety audit at the junction this year, with the aim of creating a more straightforward layout for traffic.

The council has made a submission to the Department of Transport to make it a priority for 2023.

Councillor David Collins outlines what measures could improve safety at the cross:

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Green light for demolition of former Clarin College in Athenry

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The go-ahead has been given for plans to demolish the former Clarin College school campus in Athenry.

The two-storey building at Caheroyn Road was vacated with the opening of a new one-thousand pupil school on the outskirts of the town in 2019.

The works will see all permanent and associated buildings demolished, as well as foundations and surfaces.

County planners have granted permission to GRETB for the works with 13 conditions attached.

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UHG was third most overcrowded hospital nationwide during January

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – UHG was the third most overcrowded hospital in the country last month.

728 patients were waiting for a bed during January.

Meanwhile, 417 patients were waiting on trolleys at Portiuncula Hospital – the worst January on record for the Ballinasloe hospital.

11,289 people were recorded on hospital trolleys since January 1st

That’s up 2 and half thousand on the same time last year.

University Hospital Limerick continues to be the worst affected by over-crowding, accounting for 10 per cent of the overall figure, at 1,180.

Cork, Galway, Letterkenny, and St. Vincent’s in Dublin make up the top five – totalling of over 3,000.

That’s in stark contrast with the bottom five – Tullamore, Portlaoise, the National Children’s Hospital, Connolly Hospital, and Waterford – with a combined total of 213.

The INMO says, “a lack of adequate planning has put unnecessary stress on nurses and the patients”, describing January’s figures as “unacceptably high”.

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