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A new system to identify patients who need additional assistance at mealtimes has been introduced at the west's biggest hospital.
Fianna Fáil TD for Roscommon/Galway Eugene Murphy has said that overcrowding and long waiting periods continue to be an issue at the emergency department in Portiuncula Hospital as the trolley crisis is now an all year round emergency.
Management at UHG and Merlin Park hospitals plan to spearhead an international recruitment drive for nurses.
Picture card menus are being developed at University Hospital Galway to help patients decide about the menu options open to them. Calorie counts will also be provided with meals.
It could take up to five years before University Hospital Galway has a new emergency department.
More than 1,300 outpatients were waiting for more than 18 months for an appointment in UHG, the longest waiting times in the State, according to figures released by the Department of Health.
Unacceptable working conditions at the emergency department of the west's biggest hospital is driving highly trained and experienced nurses out of the public system into the arms of local private hospitals.
One in five people on hospital waiting lists in Galway have been enduring "pain and discomfort for a least a year" waiting for treatment, a situation one Galway TD has described as "a terrible statistic in a First World country”.
An innovative art project at a city public hospital aims to encourage people to have a positive attitude and to live in the present.