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Witnesses sought to serious traffic incident at the Dyke Road

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Gardai are seeking witnesses to this morning’s serious traffic incident at the Dyke Road in the city
Two pedestrians, a man and woman in their fifties, were struck by a vehicle as they crossed the road near the Black Box Theatre, and sustained serious injuries
They were taken to University Hospital Galway where their condition this afternoon remains serious, although they have both regained consciousness
The road was closed between the Headford Road Junction and the Black Box for five hours to allow Garda investigators conduct a technical examination of the scene
During that time, there was no access to the road – including in or out of the car park
The vehicle was travelling in the direction of the Headford Road at the time of the incident. Any information can be given to the Gardai at Mill Street at 091 538000, that’s a Galway number 538000

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Interim ultrasound service to commence in Tuam

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – An interim ultrasound service is to commence in Tuam from next week.

Galway East TD Seán Canney has received confirmation from the HSE that the service will be available at the Tuam primary care centre from Monday the 8th of March.

Deputy Canney says in relation to the availability of x-ray facilities, the HSE has confirmed they are progressing the detailed design of the required clinical rooms, while the design will be completed by the end of April – with the issuing of tenders to follow.

He says it’s expected the service will be fully operational by the end the year and when completed it’s envisaged that up to 3,000 x-rays and 6,000 ultrasounds will be carried out in Tuam.

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Over 2,000 healthcare staff receive vaccine at centre at Ballybrit racecourse

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Over 2,200 healthcare staff will have received their vaccine at the vaccination centre in Galway Racecourse in Ballybrit by this evening.

The vaccination centre in the east of the city is now approaching one full week of operation.

It began operations last Thursday with the rollout of the COVID-19 injection to healthcare staff across Galway.

Jean Kelly, who has operational responsibility for the vaccination Centre at Ballybrit, says the team will continue to administer first and second doses to healthcare staff including hospital staff, community staff and other healthcare workers.

Staff at the centre will then identify and resolve any minor issues that may arise before it will be used as a vaccination centre for the wider public.

Jean Kelly told Keith Finnegan on Galway Talks that the process takes approximately 20 minutes.

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Galway’s COVID-19 incidence rate down by one third

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway’s COVID-19 incidence rate has dropped by almost a third week-on-week.

The 14-day infection rate in the city and county now stands at 236.8 with 611 cases of the virus notified over the last fortnight.

That’s down from 327.4 since last Wednesday – a drop of 27%.

It comes as confirmed cases of the virus in Galway’s hospitals are continuing to decline.

There are 14 COVID-19 patients in the city and county today – with 10 at UHG and four in Portiuncula Hospital Ballinasloe.

Six of these patients are receiving care in ICU – with five at UHG and one at Portiuncula Hospital.

Nationwide, the number of patients with Covid-19 in hospitals has fallen by more than 65 percent in the past month.

However, Dr. David Nabarro from the World Health Organisation says eliminating COVID-19 from Ireland is not realistic for the near future.

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