As coronavirus spread to Europe earlier this year, ravaging Italy and Spain especially, critical care nurses in University Hospital Galway (UHG) waited in trepidation.
Like most workers in the health system – and the wider public, too – they watched the pandemic unfolding on the continent, knowing full-well it was on its way to Ireland.
“Everyone was genuinely really frightened and worried. We’d all seen the footage, especially from Italy, and they (staff) were all really apprehensive,” responds Ann Conroy from Caherlistrane, when asked for her initial reaction when it dawned on her, and her colleagues, what horrors might be coming down the tracks.
As Clinical Nurse Manager Grade 3 at UHG, Ms Conroy, who has worked as a nurse for twelve years, is responsible for managing nursing in the critical care department at the West’s busiest hospital, including the Intensive Care Units.
Critical care departments in Italian hospitals were swamped by the surge in Covid-19 patients presenting, and the fear was Irish hospitals, including Galway, could be overwhelmed, too.
Before it reached UHG, a massive effort went in to up-skilling staff and retraining theatre nurses to work in ICU, which requires completely different skill-set, but it was still scary.
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UHG nurse battles for her life in ICU
UHG remains braced to rapidly respond to any rise in Covid-19 patients as a result of a second surge – but the plight of one of their own colleagues this week showed just how precarious this pandemic can be.
Because while senior management at the Saolta Group vowed to stay ‘vigilant and alert’, a staff nurse at UHG was battling for her life in the hospital’s own ICU.
Leona Paula Leoncio, a 36-year-old mother of two boys, tested positive for Covid-19 last week, and was moved to ICU on Monday where she was intubated and ventilated.
The staff nurse, who had no underlying health conditions, is now battling for life in ICU at UHG, according to the Philippine Consulate in Dublin, which has urged people to pray for her.
Ms Leoncio moved to Ireland in 2017, with her husband and two children, to work in the country’s health system.
“We might have different faiths and beliefs but can I ask of you . . . to take a pause and say a prayer of healing and strength for her and her family,” said Chuck Giner, her nursing colleague at UHG, in a posting relayed on the Philippine Consulate’s social media.
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Gort boy reunites Tipp star with broken hurl from famous point
Tipperary All-Star hurler Brendan Maher has revealed that a young lad in Gort has found his long-lost hurl – the one he used to score one of the points of the last sporting year.
The broken hurl, the one that broke the hearts of St Thomas’ fans back in January, was used to fire over a point in Borris-Illeigh’s All-Ireland semi-final victory over the Galway club at the Gaelic Grounds.
Maher revealed last week that he tried to retrieve the hurl after the match to keep as a memento, but couldn’t find it. He subsequently got a letter from twelve year old Liam Linnane from Gort, who had found it.
“After I scored the point I got kind of carried away and I threw it over my shoulder into the open stand in the Gaelic Grounds. After the match, I thought I would really like to have that hurley but we could not find it and the club even contacted the Gaelic Grounds afterwards to see if it was found.
“Several weeks had passed and I’d given up on it when I got a letter from a young fella in Gort and I read down through it. He said he was twelve years old and that he was at the game where I scored the point with the broken hurley and that he had the hurley.”
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