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The West/North West Hospitals Group has admitted that despite ongoing efforts by staff and management at University Hospital Galway “not all emergency department patients are afforded privacy and dignity”.
A new text reminder service, introduced recently at Galway University Hospitals, aims to reduce the number of people who do not show up for hospital outpatient appointments.
Galway’s hospitals are being asked to review their procedures for management of blood monitoring equipment following unannounced inspections at the hospitals by the Health Information and Quality Authority.
Construction is to begin within the next few months on a new ward block development at University Hospital Galway. The facility will comprise 75 single rooms.
Separate waiting and assessment facilities must be provided at University Hospital Galway’s A&E department to treat children, the chairman of the HSE West’s regional health forum stated this week.
The hospital group responsible for running public hospitals in Galway and Roscommon has cleared a waiting list of almost 14,000 inpatients over a nine month period.
Reducing overtime and agency spending and optimising income collection from private health insurance companies are ways being earmarked by the HSE West to help it cut costs and meet its reduced budget this year.
An Taoiseach Enda Kenny is still waiting on a report from Minister for Health Dr James Reilly on the future of the Sacred Heart Hospital. The Taoiseach stated this week: “I haven’t seen any report in respect of the Sacred Heart Hospital yet but what I understand is the Sacred Heart Hospital and before that the County Home in their own way and in their own time did magnificent work in respect of the provision of facilities for the people. And the staff who worked there over the years, the many staff, some long since gone, gave the best, but times have changed.”
Abseentism rates at Galway University hospitals have dropped significantly in the past four months.
Patients did not show up for 35,000 outpatient appointments at Galway University Hospitals (UHG and Merlin Park) last year.