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Number of ICU beds to double at UHG

Thu, Apr 02, 2020

The reconfigured ED entrance at UHG.

The number of intensive care beds at University Hospital Galway is set to more than double as the west’s biggest hospital prepares for the anticipated upsurge in Covid-19 cases in the coming weeks.

As the global pandemic exerts huge pressure on health services, Tony Canavan, the chief executive of the Saolta University Health Care Group which runs the local public hospitals, said preparations are being finalised to ensure these facilities will meet the escalating demands being imposed on them by the coronavirus.

Intensive care beds at UHG are to be increased from 22 to 50, a number of staff from other areas of the hospital have been upskilled to augment ICU staffing levels, and the hospital has been reconfigured to separate suspected and confirmed Covid-19 patients from others, in terms of being admitted and accommodated. Any vacant general hospital beds are also being maintained that way as part of the 700-bed hospital’s action plan against this powerful and dangerous infection.


‘Use the time positively, you have time on your hands'

Paddy McNamara.
The photos of Blackrock used for this article were taken between 2002 and 2016 and do NOT depict people swimming this week.

For many Galwegians, swimming in Blackrock is a way of life, a highlight of the week. During the early stages of the coronavirus restrictions, it was a vital means of exercise, while also being good for mental health during a stressful period. ...


Sorcha Richardson gig postponed to the autumn

Sorcha Richardson. Photo Cáit Fahey

SORCHA RICHARDSON, the Choice Prize nominated indie-rock singer-songwriter, was due to play the Róisín Dubh on April 18, but that gig has now been postponed. ...


Stunning sixth floor penthouse apartment with views over Galway Bay

No 32 Pointe Boise.

No 32 Pointe Boise is a sixth floor luxury penthouse apartment with extensive roof terrace enjoying panoramic views of Galway city, the north Clare coastline, and Galway Bay. It is one of just two penthouse apartments in this prestigious and much ...


Suzuki celebrates its centenary

The timing may not be great, but this year Suzuki is celebrating its 100th anniversary. ...


Home work can be productive all round

One Christmas many moons ago (circa 12 year worth of moons) a friend gave me The Four Hour Work Week, by Tim Ferriss, and it set my head spinning, writes Liam Horan, Career Coach, Sli Nua Careers. ...


Looking ahead to the club football championship 2020

Val Daly, now manager of Mountbellew, and his son Micheal during the Ireland U21 Championship, join forces again for the club championship scene this season.

Following the Galway Football Senior Club Championship draw, we take an in-depth look at group two this week. ...


On the day when this is over

Frontline heroes - Staff from the Orthopaedic Outpatients and Physiotherapy Departments in Merlin Park University Hospital.

On the day when this is over, we will start to love again the things that seemed unloveable. Like traffic. We will see the beauty in being able to have work and to be able to travel to it. ...

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Two jobs, same company – should I have a go?

Q: There’s a company I’d really like to work for – two jobs that interest me have recently been advertised there. They even have the same closing date. Should I go for one or would it be a good idea to apply for both? (EC, email). ...


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