University Hospital Galway is included in a group of 9 which form the kernel of the HSE’s Winter Plan announced today
The 30 million euro initiative aims to prepare the health system for the next four months – with a special focus from the 17th December to January 13th.
During that time extra beds will be made available at 9 hospitals around the country, including UHG, while 550 homecare packages will be available to free up space for acute patients.
The HSE’s Vida Hamilton is advising people to avoid A&E if they can.
However, the former General Secretary of the INMO and member of the Slaintecare Advisory Council, Liam Doran says the plan comes very late in the day.
IT glitch causes problems for Tuam sludge hub public consultation
Galway Bay fm newsroom:
An IT glitch has caused problems in the public consultation process for a proposed sludge hub in Tuam.
Irish Water are warning that email submissions made between the start of consultation and the 10th of October may not have been received due to a technical issue with the body’s email.
Anyone who emailed a submission during this time is advised to resubmit before next months deadline.
Submissions were opened on the 24th of September and were originally due to close today, but have now been extended to the 5th of November.
Irish Water has published a site selection methodology report which identifies Tuam and Sligo as potential sludge hub centres for the northwest.
The National Wastewater Sludge Management Plan estimates that by 2040 around 50,000 truck-loads of sludge will be generated each year.
Minister of State and Galway East TD Sean Canney says the people of Tuam neither want nor need a sludge hub centre in the town.
Minister Canney says now that Bord na Mona are entering the waste management sector, that Irish Water need to abandon the current plan and look at working with the semi-state body towards a solution that’s acceptable to all stakeholders.
Developer says there’s no agreement with the council to purchase Gort housing estate
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The developer of a housing estate in Gort says there is no agreement with Galway County Council to purchase the 138 houses
Concern was expressed at this week’s meeting of the County Council over the future use of the housing estate being developed at Gort Road
Councillor P J Murphy said there were suggestions the County Council wants to buy all 138 houses to accommodate people on the housing list.
However, a statement issued this afternoon on behalf of the developer -Newmar Global Developments Limited – says this is not accurate
It says there is no agreement with the council to purchase 138 houses
UHG second most overcrowded hospital today
Galway Bay fm newsroom:
There are 46 patients on trolleys at University Hospital Galway today, which makes it the joint second most overcrowded nationally
That’s according to figures from the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation.
UHG and Cork University Hospital are below University Hospital Limerick where 63 people are awaiting beds
Nationally, 572 patients are on trolleys today across the country awaiting admission