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The Savage Loves His Native Shore

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DIALYSIS PATIENTS in Galway, and the nursing staff who look after them, have created a fascinating exhibition for this year's Galway International Arts Festival - The Savage Loves His Native Shore.

Bohola teacher leading the charge for pancreas surgeon

The lack of a surgeon who is capable of carrying out a pancreas transplant in the State, since the retirement of Dr David Hickey last Christmas, is putting the lives of a large number of people at risk. This week 32-year-old Rachel O'Hora (who needs both a kidney and pancreas transplant) from Bohola outlined the difficulties faced patients like her who are in need of a pancreas transplant. Ms O'Hora, who is a teacher based in Dublin, was speaking at an information event in Kiltimagh which called on people to get involved and sign a petition and show their support for the immediate hiring of a pancreas surgeon.

Taoiseach opens refurbished and expanded renal dialysis unit

The Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, officially opened a newly refurbished and extended renal dialysis unit (RDU) at Mayo General Hospital on Monday.

Minister Ring welcomes progress on permanent dialysis unit in Mayo General Hospital

Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Michael Ring has queried the up to date position in relation to the upgrading and expansion of the permanent dialysis unit in Mayo General Hospital.

Dialysis patients celebrate creativity

A SWALLOW'S Tale In A Thousand Skies, is an exhibition of “pictures, words and messin’” from dialysis patients and staff in Merlin Park University Hospital.

‘Getting a kidney transplant would be better than winning the Lotto’

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Joe Walls was in his late thirties when he started to get dizzy spells. He felt exhausted as well. He was doing a FAS course at the time and when he came home in the evening he would be “incredibly tired” and only able to “crash out in front of the television”.

€1.8 million renal dialysis unit for Mayo General

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has announced that Mayo General Hospital is to receive a renal dialysis unit at a cost of €1.8 million. This permanent unit will have the capacity to meet the needs of all County Mayo patients currently requiring dialysis and is expected to be completed in six months. The unit will also meet the expected demand for dialysis in the county over the medium term.

HSE urged to reinstate transport service for Connemara dialysis patients

A county councillor has called on the Health Services Executive to reinstate the patient transport service, removed while budgetary reviews take place, as its absence has caused considerable distress to dialysis patients.

St Mary’s Hospital could be used for temporary renal dialysis - Mulherin

Mayo Fine Gael TD Michelle Mulherin has welcomed confirmation from the management of Mayo General Hospital that it is considering using St Mary’s Hospital, Castlebar as temporary accommodation for its renal dialysis unit while work is being completed on Mayo General’s unit in the New Year.

Merlin Park based artist to explore realities of living with kidney failure

A short film focusing on daily exchanges between the patients and staff of the dialysis unit of Merlin Park Hospital will be screened in Galway as part of the TULCA 2010 visual arts festival.

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