Galway Bay fm newsroom – Over three-quarters of patients that attended the Emergency Department at Galway University Hospitals last month were seen within nine hours.
New figures from the HSE reveal that waiting times are improving, with almost two-thirds of patients treated within six hours during the month of May.
This week’s meeting of the HSE Regional Health Forum West was told that the hospitals group is ahead of other Irish hospitals with regard to the 6-hour patient experience target.
CEO Bill Maher also confirmed that there are no plans to close any wards at the department during the summer period.
However, he says the hospital may take any available opportunities to reduce 7-day beds to 5-day beds where possible to allow staff to take leave.
County Cathaoirleach Mary Hoade, who raised the issues, says it’s important that beds are not closed during the summer.
Eamon Ryan’s mother died suddenly while holidaying on Inishbofin
Green party leader Eamon Ryan is in mourning after his mother died suddenly while on holiday.
The Irish Independent reports that Mary Ryan had an accident while holidaying on Inishbofin off the coast of Galway.
She was airlifted to Galway University Hospital where she died on Tuesday.
A death notice on RIP.ie says Mrs. Ryan, who lived in Sandycove in Dublin, died ‘unexpectedly but peacefully’.
Plans for housing development in Claregalway turned down
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Plans for a housing development in Claregalway have been turned down.
The project, led by Donald Walsh, proposed the construction of 12 units at a site that originally formed part of the Gleann Mhuiris housing development.
It envisioned access to the mix of 4-bed, 3-bed and 2-bed units would be through the existing estate off the Oranmore Road.
However, planners have rejected the proposal, finding it’s not compatiable with objectives contained within the current County Development Plan.
Galway farmers and fishermen among top beneficiaries of social welfare assistance last year
Gawlway Bay fm newsroom – Galway farmers and fishermen among top beneficiaries of social welfare assistance last year.
874 were on either the Farm Assist or Rural Social Scheme in Galway in 2021.
Farm Assist is a payment to low-income farmers, capped at 208 euro per week.
The Rural Social Scheme is a similar support, aimed at low-income farmers and fishermen.
The Department of Social Protection says 5,004 people benefited from Farm Assist last year – and 2,981 were on the Rural Social Scheme.
Nationwide, almost 8,000 low-income farmers and fishermen beneffited, with the most in Mayo at almost 1,400.
That was followed closely by Donegal at 1,272, with Galway having the third most on either payment.