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With one third of all nursing homes in Ireland recording a diagnosis of COVID-19 and many of them recording deaths, the virus has wreaked havoc in normally tranquil and peaceful elder care facilities.
IT IS frustrating for a band like Dream Wife, who thrive on live performance, and who can rip up the stage with their potent combination of indie-punk music and Feminist politics, that Covid-19 means no touring is possible.
A total of 6,000 nursing home residents and staff in the west have been tested for Covid-19 as part of a mass countrywide initiative aimed at identifying those affected by the virus in these facilities.
Wearing the same PPE for seven weeks, running out of morgue space and body bags and a lack of beds — these were some of the conditions a Galway nurse working in the US, described in an interview this week.
With a strong ‘together’ message to the fore, Athlone Credit Union have donated PPE towards the ‘local heroes’ frontline medical staff COVID-19 cause.
The escalating number of COVID-19 infection clusters in nursing homes demands the Government outline in detail what extra medical help is being provided to deliver additional care for residents who have the virus.
The Government must clarify its position on the financial package to be offered to student nurses who have been re-called for placement in hospitals throughout the State.
Nursing Homes Ireland has launched Comfort Words, a national initiative encouraging children to reach out to older people in nursing homes during Covid-19.
Twin babies can continue to experience the closeness they had in the womb now after birth thanks to the introduction of twin cots at University Hospital Galway's neonatal unit.