Galway Bay fm newsroom – Ambulance target times for responding to immediately life-threatening emergencies are still not being met in the West.
Figures provided to the Oireachtas Health Committee show that the ‘Echo’ target of just under 19 minutes was met in 60 percent of cases in the West – 10 percent below target.
The ECHO response target sets a guideline that 70 percent of all immediate emergencies are responded to in 18 minutes and 59 seconds.
The Delta response time sets a lower compliance target of 68 percent of cases being reached in 18 minutes and 59 seconds.
The Irish Independent reports that the West and Dublin are the two regions which failed to meet the Echo target while all regions failed to meet the Delta target.
The Health Minister has asked the Health Information and Quality Authority to expedite a review into ambulance services countrywide.
Gardai Urge Motorists In Galway to exercise “Extreme” Caution as Weather Warning is extended
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Gardai have advised motorists in the county to exercise extreme caution if making an essential journey today due to icy conditions.
The National Status Yellow snow/ice warning that was due to be lifted at midday has been extended until 7pm
Met Eireann says icy stretches, sleet and snow will remain throughout the day with reports of dangerous road conditions in several parts of the county.
Extreme caution is advised around Clifden and on the N59 between there and Maam Cross after snowfall last night which led to some cars being stranded.
The forecaster has also issued a Status Yellow low temperature warning, which will take effect from 7pm and run until 10 tomorrow morning.
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – A critical shortage of ICU beds are reported in Hospitals in Galway following yesterday evening’s figures released by the HSE.
At 8pm yesterday evening, there were 116 cases in Galway University Hospital and 8 in Portiuncla Hospital Ballinasloe.
Of that number, 18 are in ICU in Galway and 3 in Portiuncula with only two Critical Care beds available in the county. Both at Galway University Hospital.
According to last night’s figures, there are currently none available in Portiuncula Hospital.
The head of the HSE says that nationally, 650 people with Covid-19 are now receiving levels of critical care in hospital.
Paul Reid says 214 patients are in ICU and 436 are on advanced respiratory support.
He says healthcare teams are battling to hold the levels of care and to save lives.
The Chief Medical Officer says we’re starting to flatten the curve of Covid-19 infection.
However, Dr Tony Holohan says people must avoid meeting others.
The number of new Covid-19 cases has fallen to 1,910 and the 14 day incidence rate has also dropped to 955.5.
But 77 more people have died.
In Galway City and County, the news showed an improvement in Galway’s Incidence Rate figures on previous days with a reported number of 914.9 and 74 cases.
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Cathaoirleach of Galway County Council James Charity has confirmed that the Mother and Baby Homes report will be the first matter to be discussed at Monday’s council meeting in Corrandulla.
In the Dail this week, the council was criticised for a lack of urgency in addressing its historic links with the Tuam mother and baby home.
Junior Minister and Galway East TD Anne Rabbitte told the Dáil this week that she was ‘horrified’ to see the matter was way down the list of items on Monday’s agenda.
However, despite it being number eight on the agenda, Catherlioch of Galway County Council James Charity today told Galway Bay FM news that it was always going to be the first item discussed at Monday’s meeting.