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Local hospitals are under “extreme pressure” and it would not take a lot to “push them over the edge” the chief executive of the Saolta University Health Care Group warned this week.
RONAN FAGAN AND MARY O’CONNOR
The chief executive of the Saolta University Health Care Group, which runs the local public hospitals, has appealed to people to rely on trusted, responsible sources for information on the Covid-19 vaccine.
Mayo University Hospital has re-opened a number of newly refurbished wards and patients have now moved back to the refurbished areas.
The chief executive of the Saolta University Health Care Group, which runs seven public hospitals in the west and north-west of the country, is optimistic that the organisation will not have to activate its surge plan to cope with the growing demand for services due to Covid-19.
An independent options appraisal has recommended the development of a new 200-bed elective hospital at Merlin Park, clearing the way for preparatory works to commence on the project next year.
Two Government ministers have publicly backed plans for the development of a new elective hospital in Galway, calling for the project to be prioritised and completed “as quickly as possible”.
A new elective hospital at Merlin Park, a new ambulance base in the city, and the provision of a blood science laboratory are three major projects which are in the pipeline for Galway as part of the Government’s €2 billion HSE capital spending plan.
An independent report on the need for a new elective hospital in Galway will be completed and provided to the Minister for Health by the end of next month, it emerged this week.