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UHG most overcrowded hospital nationwide

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – University Hospital Galway is the most overcrowded hospital in the country today.
Figures from the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation show there are currently 50 people on trolleys awaiting admission.
It’s the highest figure nationwide – followed by Cork University Hospital and University Hospital Limerick.
Nationally, 429 patients are waiting for a bed at hospitals across the country today.
According to the INMO, 290 of those are waiting in emergency departments while 139 are in wards.

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1 more death from COVID-19, and 11 new cases, nationally

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been informed that 1 person with COVID-19 has died.

There has now been a total of 1,741 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of midnight Friday 3rd July, the HPSC has been notified of 11 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 25,509 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland. 

The HSE is working to identify any contacts the patients may have had to provide them with information and advice to prevent further spread.

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Archbishop of Tuam says new guidelines on religious services will bring ‘relief and joy’

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Archbishop of Tuam Michael Neary says the Government’s new social distancing guidelines for churches will be received with ‘relief and joy’ by parishes everywhere.

The rule change means up to 150 people can now attend services in larger churches instead of the original limit of 50.

Archbishop Neary says while unprecedented step of cancelling masses and other religious services was necessary, the last 3 months has been a difficult time for priests and parishioners.

He adds that parish teams responded to the situation in the most imaginative ways and full use was made of social media platforms, webcams and parish radio systems during that time.

However, Archbishop Neary says the sacramental life of the church is now ready to resume in line with the latest Government guidelines – and churches have been prepared and marked out, hand sanitising stations have been installed and teams of volunteers have been trained.

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Call for Health Minister to give funding assurance on Old Grove Hospital redevelopment

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There are calls for the Health Minister to give funding assurances for the Old Grove Hospital redevelopment project in Tuam.

It was revealed at a HSE forum meeting recently that the proposed redevelopment will cost in the region of 13 million euro and not 8 million euro as was previously estimated.

Galway County Council granted planning permission for the project at Vicar Street in 2017, with works initially expected to commence this year.

It would involve the part-demolition, refurbishment and remodelling of the building in two phases.

Phase one would incorporate mental health and shared services while phase two would accommodate early intervention and disability services.

Fine Gael Galway East TD Ciaran Cannon says the Health Minister must ensure the full funding for this vital project…

To hear more, tune into Galway Bay fm news….

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