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UHG among worst performing hospitals for A and E efficiencies

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – University Hospital Galway is ranked among the worst performing hospital for the number of patients admitted to bed or discharged at A and E within HSE target times.

The Irish Independent reports that UHG has a 73.9% rate, with Beaumont hospital in Dublin topping the worst-performing table at 67%

The HSE has set a nine hour target rate for patients to be admitted or discharged from A and E.

Figures collated for November, place UHG among the worst performers with a 73.9% rate, while Portiuncula hospital in Ballinasloe is ranked among the best with a 98% rate.

Other poor performers on the A and E league table include Beaumont hospital in Dublin, Cork University Hospital and Connolly hospital Dublin.

The report comes amid a warning from the the Irish Association of Emergency Medicine that a recent flu outbreak could “spread like wildfire.”

Beaumont Hospital and Kerry General have both put visiting restrictions in place to try and contain the virus.

The I-A-E-M believes the crisis is being exacerbated by over-crowding in Emergency Departments.

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Portiuncula Hospital appoints Bereavement Support Midwife

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe has appointed Leanne Norton as a Beravement Support Midwife for the hospital.

Ms Norton has previously dealt with bereavement through midwifery experience gained in The Rotunda Hospital in Dublin and Midland Regional Hospital in Mullingar.

The role will see her care for, and support, women, and families dealing with loss of pregnancy, stillbirth or neonatal death.

Leanne said she feels privileged to take on the role, and to provide compassionate, individualised, and culturally sensitive support to patients and their families.

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Works on Athenry sewer network worth €13m to begin in March

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Works to provide an upgrade to the sewer network in Athenry are to begin in March.

The €13m scheme will reduce the risk of sewer flooding and address the discharge of non-compliant sewer overflows in the River Clarin.

The project is to be carried out by Coffey Construction and is expected to be completed by the end of 2024.

Eunan Canavan, Wastewater Regional Delivery Lead, explains how this could lead to population growth in the town,

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Teddy Bear Hospital at University of Galway wraps up after busy two days

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Teddy Bear Hospital wrapped up today at the University of Galway after a busy two days.

Children from schools across Galway, from the city to Tuam, Mountbellew and beyond, brought their teddies to the hospital.

The university’s Sláinte Society set up pharmacy, X-ray and surgery stations at the Bailey Allen Hall on campus.

The aim of the event is to familiarise children with a hospital environment to reduce their fear of it.

Pupils explained to our reporters Sarah Slevin and Rachel Timoney why their teddies were attending the hospital today:

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