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Irish Hospice Foundation/HSE announce new round of Design & Dignity Grants

THE Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) and the HSE today announced the beneficiaries of the new round of Design & Dignity grants which include St. Monica's gynaecology ward at University Hospital Galway.

Nine hospitals around Ireland will benefit from grants totalling €500,000 which will help transform older /dated spaces including family rooms, gardens and mortuaries. The Design & Dignity grants scheme is operated and co-funded by the IHF and the HSE.

Letterkenny General Hospital picks up award

Recently the Emergency Abdominal Surgery Course (EASC) was  awarded two significant  peer judged regional and national awards for medical education.

The course developed in Letterkenny Hospital under the Donegal Clinical Research Academy mentorship,  recently was the recipient for the National Irish Health Care Awards held in the Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin on November 6th and the  Saolta University Health Care Group CEO Awards in Galway on November 7th.


First Meeting of Patient Council for Saolta University Health Care Group

A total of 16 members of the public were appointed to the inaugural Patient Council for Saolta University Health Care Group, which had its first meeting last week.

CEO Awards Launch

This initiative is one of our Group Priorities for 2014, and aims to recognise the important role that staff play in delivering our services to our patients, and to celebrate the many achievements of the Group.

The CEO Awards Scheme is open to all staff in all hospitals across the Group who may be nominated for their contribution under the following categories:

• Exceptional Patient Experience

Letterkenny General Hospital leading the way in improving outcomes in Breast Cancer Surgery

Three medical students / summer research fellows linked to Letterkenny General Hospital, the Donegal Clinical Research Academy and University Hospital Galway have undertaken work to identify new potential techniques to reduce the volume of breast removed during conservative breast cancer surgery.
The three students - Dearbhla Hillick, Eoghan Shanley and David Sciascia – have been funded through public donations from members of the public in the North West.

Technology being used to reduce the ‘no shows’ at appointments at Galway University Hospitals

Galway University Hospitals is working to reduce the number of patients who do not attend their outpatient appointments and who do not tell the hospital in advance that they will not be attending.

Letterkenny General Hospital

The Emergency Department (ED) at Letterkenny General Hospital returned to normal after three hours off-call at 11pm on Tuesday night when a clean up was completed in the reception and administrative areas that had experienced a very low level of flooding following torrential rain in the Letterkenny area. Clinical areas in the ED and hospital services in general were not affected.
The external cleanup is now complete.

Letterkenny General Hospital

An investigation has commenced into the flooding at Letterkenny General Hospital last night (August 5) following torrential rain in the Letterkenny area.

The road and hospital car park adjacent to the Emergency Department (ED) became flooded and a low level of water leaked into the ED’s reception and administrative areas. The hospital’s ED went off call for three hours from 8pm to 11pm to expedite the clean up after which services returned to normal.

“Teddies for Loving Care” donation to Galway University Hospitals

Representatives of Lodge 14 Galway, members of the Freemasons of Ireland donating teddies to the Emergency Department at Galway University Hospitals for staff to give to children who are anxious about being in hospital from left: Mark Charles; Basil Fenton, Provincial Grand Master South Connaught ; Fionnuala Naughton, Staff Nurse at the Emergency Department; Stephen Wright, Secretary of Lodge 41; and Brian Maloney.

GUH staff to speak at launch of the Amulet Exhibition Tour Opening

“The Amulet” Exhibition Tour opens at Galway Arts Centre on 01 August 2014 with a panel discussion at 4pm in Áras Na Gael, 45 Dominick Street Lower, Galway.


Amulets are special objects often hidden away in drawers and cupboards which mark a significant time, occasion or person in our lives.